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30 Soapstone Countertops With Pros And Cons
When it comes to natural stone countertops, there are more options out there than just marble and granite. If you love the dark beauty of granite and the light veining of marble, consider soapstone instead. It’s durable, relatively low-maintenance, and has a lovely, old-world feel. Here’s everything you need to know.
What Is Soapstone?
Soapstone—also known as Steatite—is a metamorphic rock that consists primarily of talc. Depending on the quarry from which it is sourced, this natural stone also contains varying amounts of other minerals such as micas, chlorite, amphiboles, quartz, magnesite, and carbonates. It is a relatively soft, very dense, highly heat-resistant material, which makes it perfect for using in kitchens and bathrooms. Soapstone comes in a range of gray, green-ish to black tones, some with more or less veining. Periodically oiling the countertop will make for a darker, smoother look.
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How To Maintain Soapstone Countertops?
Soapstone doesn’t stain, although it will naturally darken with use. Since soapstone is inert and non-porous, it doesn’t need to be sealed, although it’s sometimes treated with mineral oil to achieve a dark, even appearance. Unlike marble, soapstone is impervious to acids like lemon juice and red wine (a quality which makes it a popular choice for laboratory bench tops). It’s also heat resistant: you can place pots directly onto the countertop. And it can be cleaned with just soap and water.
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Are Soapstone Countertops Durable?
Soapstone’s downside is its softness, which makes it susceptible to scratches and nicks, although these can be buffed out with sandpaper.
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How To Install Soapstone Countertops?
If you’re a novice having a stone fabricator install the stone in your home is your best choice, but since soapstone is softer than marble or granite, it’s also a fairly good candidate for DIYing.
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Do Soapstone Countertops Look Great?
There’s no better material for kitchen countertops: soapstone adds the perfect visual element to any kitchen, modern or traditional. You can either allow the natural patina to develop over time or oil the surface for a darkened sheen and more even appearance.
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a white shaker style kitchen with a tile backsplash and black soapstone countertops and catchy pendant lamps over the island