Soapstone Material for Countertops
Prized for its smooth surface which feels soft to the touch, soapstone is ideal for creating pastry masterpieces! A chemically inert stone, soapstone is non-reactive to harsh chemicals and very heat resistant, which means you can set hot pans directly on the counter surface.
Denser than granite, soapstone will not stain since liquid cannot penetrate the surface. Soapstone does scratch easily, however, this is a prized aspect of many fans of the natural stone as it creates a natural patina over time.
Soapstone will also naturally darken over time and many users will advise applying mineral oil to hasten the look of time and wear as well as to even the appearance while waiting for natural age.
Q: What should I do if my soapstone counters scratch?
A: Applying mineral oil to the countertops will both disguise the scratches and highlight the stones dark veining.
Q: What should I use to clean soapstone countertops?
A: We recommend a pH-neutral cleanser for natural stone. Regular soap and water are recommended. Do not use bleach or abrasive products of any kind as these can damage the natural stone. Highly acidic cleansers are also to be avoided.
Q: Do I need to seal my soapstone countertops?
A: Because soapstone is non-porous, it does not need to be sealed. You can oil your countertops with an application of mineral oil and this will even out the coloration and hasten the darkening process. Oil will not harm the stone – you cannot oil it too much or too little.
Q: My soapstone counters have a deep scratch, can that be repaired?
A: Sanding will obscure most scratches. Use a heavy grit sandpaper (120-grit) and sand in a single motion until the scratch is almost invisible. Repeat the process using a light grit sandpaper (220-grit) using water in the process. Once the scratch is removed, the mineral oil will be gone too and you will want to reapply the oil to the sanded area.