One of the most frequent questions we receive from people considering soapstone for their kitchen countertops is “How hard is soapstone?” People want to know how the hardness or softness of soapstone will affect the appearance of the stone over the life of the countertop.
The founder of Dorado Soapstone, Steven Chavez, addressed this concern in a video he created and put up on the Internet. It is called Soft vs. Hard Soapstone – How to Tell, and What to Expect.
The “Soapstone Experience” is very real and very personal so the words of people who choose to have soapstone in their lives are valuable to me. I scour the Internet for stories from folks who write about their own personal experience with soapstone and I want to share a great one with you here.
The blog is entitled , For the Love of a House, the Story of Our Journey Turning a Once Unloved Antique Farmhouse Into Our Home. It is by a woman named Joan who tells you everything you want to know about soapstone and answers questions from others who read the blog.
Pour yourself a mug of something, get comfortable, and dig into Joan’s personal Journey.
Her story is a personal one just as yours is with your home. Soapstone is softer than granite. It is natural or oiled/waxed, but never sealed like all of the other natural stones. It is a different surface and a different relationship.