04 | 24 | 2014Soapstone Countertops
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel one of the decisions you will need to make is what countertop surface to select. There are many options out there for you to consider such as wood, laminate, solid surface, stone or quartz.
The leader by far right now is still natural granite. The second most popular choice is quartz, such as Silestone. Quartz countertops are man made using a combination of about 93% natural quartz and the remaining composition is a polymer to bind the quartz together to form a nonporous surface.
Today I want to talk about natural soapstone as a countertop surface. Soapstone has been a countertop choice for at least 100 years and likely longer. Soapstone has a softer feel than granite due to its high talc content. It’s also very durable and stain resistant. There’s no need to seal Soapstone and you need not worry about acidic food or cleaners. Lemons and tomatoes can etch the surface of granite but this isn’t the case with soapstone. That’s the reason soapstone has been the countertop preference in science labs. Soapstone is a softer material than granite so scratches will occur. This adds to the natural beauty of the tops but if it’s bothersome you can easily sand them away with fine sandpaper.
There are many varieties of soapstone. The base color is typically gray with veins of colors running through such as white, green, or blue. The color will be enhanced over time with everyday use however, you can speed up the process by treating the tops with food grade mineral oil. The mineral oil will create a deep charcoal gray base and will make the other colors pop.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like some more information to help you decide on the perfect surface!