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Soapstone - Metamorphic, warm and soft to the touch, dense, heat resistant, stain resistant, will scratch, used for countertops and sinks, medium for carving

Soapstone is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock made up of mineral components that include talc, chlorite, dolomite and magnesite. It's a warm and soft stone to the touch. It wears well, is resistant to stains, and has been a medium for carving for thousands of years. Soapstone is quarried around the globe and also right here in our country. It has been used in American homes since the early 1800's. Many homes today still contain working soapstone sinks from long ago. Hats off for its durability and lived in look. Today it’s used for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, sinks, tiles, fireplace surrounds, etc. When it is cut, it oxidizes from light gray to a dark charcoal in color. It's known as a very durable non-porous stone that will not burn from a pot or stain from a spill.

However it is a "soft stone" that can scratch, but many scratches will fade or disappear with the use of a little mineral oil. If you like your stone to be a light gray, leave it alone. If you'd like it to look darker apply some mineral oil now and then. Maybe you'd like a dark island and a light perimeter for the countertops? Use the mineral oil more often on the island to keep it on the darker side. Or better yet, try a wonderful new product that we discovered called Soapstone Enhancer. One application lasts for years.

Read about it here on our company blog Stone Savvy. You’ll see a video showing you just how easy it is to apply.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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