Soapstone (steatite) is a naturally occurring metamorphic stone made up of mineral deposits that is created by nature and quarried from the earth. The main mineral components in soapstone are comprised of talc, chlorite, dolomite and magnesite. This combination provides a nice soft touch. When cut, soapstone oxidizes from light grey to a darker charcoal color. A light coat of Mineral Oil or Soapstone Enhancer makes its color and subtle flowing veins even more dramatic.
Soapstone is very durable. It makes for a perfect natural countertop. Soapstone is an excellent alternative natural stone to use in place of granite or marble. Soapstone is naturally antibacterial, will not burn or stain and requires very little maintenance. Due to its density you do not have to worry about having to ever apply a sealer to it. You can apply mineral oil to the surface, but this is only neccessary if you want the soapstone to patina and darken in color. Also, acids and alkali's will not etch soapstone as they will other stones. Soapstone has been a part of American homes since the early 1800’s; many homes today still contain working soapstone sinks and wood stoves built over 100 years ago.
This stone is naturally softer than granite and therefor it is easier to scratch. However, this beautiful stone is also very dense and very easy to repair. In most cases scratches seem to almost disappear when you apply mineral oil to the countertop. In the event that you have a deeper scratch that is more noticeable, you can actually sand the scratch out. It is important to note that you do not have to apply a mineral oil or stone wax to the surface. You only need apply mineral oil or wax if you want the surface to darken. Mineral Oil does not seal the stone, it only enhances its natural characteristics.
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