While granite is still the number one choice for countertops, soapstone is another natural stone that is fairly popular among consumers. Soapstone is a softer material than granite that actually feels a little soapy to the touch. That is because it is rich in the mineral talc, which contains magnesium. Soapstone offers a smooth surface and has a rustic look that some people are attracted to.
Soapstone has been around for centuries and was actually used for carving sculptures and vases, as well as used for fireplaces, etc. Over the years, soapstone has become a popular trend for kitchen countertops and sink applications. It’s dark gray, weathered appearance works well for a variety of decorating options.
Unlike granite, soapstone is sealed using a mineral oil, which is typically left on the stone for a period of time to oxidize. Reapplications of mineral oil are recommended every few weeks for the first year to enhance this process. Once sealed, the the stone takes on a darker look, making it appear almost black. Veins of white can also be seen in this stone, giving it a unique, appealing appearance.
Let’s take a look at a few photos of soapstone…
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