Before you choose Soapstone:

  • Soapstone is relatively soft because of its high talc content (talc being "1" on the Mohs hardness scale and granite being "7") and may feel soapy when touched, hence the name. Today's Soapstone is harder and is typically a 4 to 5 on the Mohs scale.

  • True Soapstone is inert. Alkalis and acids won't affect it as they will a granite, marble, or slate.For decades, soapstone has been used extensively in laboratories and science classrooms for sinks, flooring, and work surfaces. Its durable and dense composition make it ideal for these applications.

  • Soapstone is a very soft material and scratches easily. This can be remedied by light sanding and re-oiling.

  • Soapstone naturally forms a patina over time, similar to the oxidization process that occurs with other materials like copper. A weathered or aged appearance will occur naturally as the patina is enhanced with food-grade mineral oil, or simply left to age by exposure to air and use.

  • True Soapstone is reputed to be one of the most indestructable of countertop surfaces. It's appearance is well suited to more rustic or casual design tastes. It is one of the only countertop materials that will withstand repeated thermal shock without compromising the strength of the stone.

Soapstone is perfect for countertops, sinks, and fireplaces