Soapstone is an underrated high-performance countertop material composed primarily of talc, silicate, chlorite and magnesium. Although it feels soft to the touch, it is strong, durable, and resistant to damage from heat or chemicals. Because soapstone is nonporous, most substances cannot penetrate the surface, which means it will not stain. Even after 100 years of hard use, soapstone can be re-finished to a like-new state, as though it had just been installed.
For the most part, soapstone can be maintained using DIY methods. With age and use, soapstone naturally darkens. To give soapstone a more even appearance and speed up the darkening process, apply mineral oil or wax. Most scratches can be removed with light sanding. With proper care, soapstone can easily last for many years.
Alkalis and acids found in many foods and drinks are not likely to stain the dense and inert surface of soapstone (which is why it is so popular in labs and science classrooms). Any staining that occurs can usually be remedied with sanding, but if you have trouble removing a stain, our scrubbing and sanding services can quickly and easily remove the stain. Our sealing services can also help inhibit staining.