Timeless and classy, soapstone countertops are a popular choice for kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops. Soapstone countertops have been a classic choice for home owners for many years. These natural stone countertops make a home look stunning when paired correctly with your cabinets. Whether you are going for a theme from modern to rustic, soapstone countertops will make your home look beautiful and your natural stone countertops stand out.
Characteristics of Soapstone Countertops:
- Provides unique oiled-or-not oiled look
- Heat resistant
- Natural stone countertop surface
- Does not stain
- Environmentally friendly
Soapstone is a much softer surface than granite. You will want to use a cutting board and pot holders on soapstone countertops as opposed to not needing to on granite countertops. Soapstone countertops have a special oil that can be applied to give them a varying appearance. Many customers enjoy the look of soapstone countertops without oil and wait years between oil applications to keep that look. Other customers like to oil their stone countertops routinely because they prefer the oiled look. Soapstone countertops are flexible and offer whichever look suits your taste. Soapstone also makes a stunning statement around a fireplace.
Care for Soapstone Countertops:
Soapstone countertops are highly durable and are hard to etch or scratch. This nonporous surface is hard to stain and has a high tolerance for heat also. To care for your soapstone countertop, please avoid heavily dropping objects on the surface since these countertops are more likely to dent than get scratches or chips. Also, use a paper towel to regularly clear off any spills so that the stone keeps its sleek appearance.
Oil your soapstone counters to give them a different appearance than normal. Some customers enjoy the natural, not oiled appearance of the counters while others like to oil them on a regular basis. Oil your countertops as often as you feel, as this is your personal preference in the stones appearance and does not need to be done often.
To oil the countertop, pour mineral oil on the countertop and use dry towels or rags to rub the oil into the surface. Let the oil sit on the soapstone surface for 30 minutes and then use another dry and clean rag to clean any excess oil.
Not applying mineral oil to your soapstone countertop will result in the surface showing dark spots in certain areas over time. This is more noticeable on dark or black soapstone countertops. However, this can be easily fixed by oiling the surface if you wish to remove the dark spots.
It is advised to not use highly acidic cleaners for soapstone countertops. Deep scratches or nicks that occur over the life of your countertop should be repaired by a professional.