Soapstone 101: Velvety Touch and Ageless Beauty

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Coziness through velvety touch and ageless beauty – a stone to build a relationship with throughout the years. We want to highlight some misconceptions about soapstone.

Origin and History of Soapstone

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock which means that it was formed through heat and pressure over thousands of years. It is composed primarily of talc, with a variety of other soft minerals. Soapstone is rather a family of stones depending on the different proportions of the minerals present in it.

Soapstone Counters with a subway tile backslash

The Properties of Soapstone

Yes, soapstone is soft. Due to its talk content, the surface can be scratched easily with a key for example. However, this is also the advantage of it because the little blemishes can be fixed easily with sandpaper by the owners themselves.

That’s pretty much the only feature that can be seen as a disadvantage of soapstone and there are few more that make this stone a wonderful option for a kitchen or bathroom.

The dominant color of this stone is grey to black which conveys the modern, timeless, minimalist character; It can be used as rustic or contemporary depending on the combination of colors and design of the kitchen.

Extreme density and non-porousness make this stone practically impervious to stains, acids, and bacteria. This attribute comes thanks to the main component that is talc which is also hydrophobic which means it repels water. This makes soapstone the perfect outdoor stone unaffected by the weather.

Another great feature of soapstone is its extreme heat resistance. Even more, thanks to magnesite, soapstone accumulates heat and slowly releases it making it an amazing option for fire places.

Soapstone Island with hardwood floors Photo: Nbaynadams

Soapstone Care and Cleaning

Thanks to its density soapstone doesn’t require sealing. Technically, you don’t have to do anything but there is an option of mineral oil or wax application to protect and enhance the color. Untreated, the soft grey color and the matte finish give the surface a rather cozy character. Meanwhile, the mineral oil gives it a dark, more modern-looking grey color and a rather glossy finish. It is important to mention that nothing penetrates the surface of soapstone which means that either oil or wax would have to be reapplied depending on the usage of the surface.

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John Atkinson

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