Soapstone countertops may not be as well known as other countertop materials such as marble or granite, but they may be just right for you – and your kitchen. Soapstone is a beautiful, natural stone that contains talc. Talk gives soapstone countertops a soft, soapy feel, hence its name. It looks right at home in a variety of décors and has a pleasant, earthy, rustic look and feel.
Soapstone is softer than marble and granite and so can be cut and molded more easily. It is possible to mold soapstone not only into countertops but also sinks, integrated draining boards and a variety of other shapes. Because soapstone countertops are somewhat softer than other materials, it is possible to scratch them with knives and other kitchen utensils, so cutting boards are recommended on soapstone counters. However, because of its rustic and marbled look, most people feel that every day wear and tear only serves to enhance the look of soapstone, and that a nick here and there does not look out of place on soapstone countertops. Worst case scenario, most scratches can be sanded off and evened with the rest of the counter.
Soapstone countertops are dense and, while soft to an extent, they are nonporous. Because soapstone is also chemically inert, it will never stain no matter what you spill on it. From acidic substances like lemon and orange juice to soda, vinegar and anything in between, your soapstone countertops will retain their original color. Soapstone counters may take a darker shade when wet, but will dry to their original hue. This also means that cleaners that should be avoided with other types of countertops are usually not an issue with soapstone counters.
Soapstone is heat resistant, which means that you can set a just-from-the-stovetop hot pot on its surface with not a second thought. You’ll never need potholders or folded towels again! What is more, soapstone countertops do not need to be sealed or protected in any way to remain smooth, cool and beautiful.
Soapstone comes in a range of greys, from very light to almost black. Some slabs have large marble-like swirls, while others are almost uniform in look with the tiniest of veins. Soapstone can also present with blue or greenish undertones. Whatever your unique tastes and needs, you are sure to find just the right soapstone countertop for your kitchen.
Now that you know more about soapstone countertops, you are in a better position to make an informed decision when ready to remodel your kitchen. If soapstone counters are the right choice for you, don’t hesitate! United Soapstone Countertops of MD, and New Jersey has wide soapstone slab selection for your to choose from. You will not be disappointed.
Do you have soapstone counter tops you are experiencing minor scratches? Read this article explaining how to deal with minor scratches on soapstone countertops.
Other interesting articles about soapstone countertops;
Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm