on Nov 24, 2021  in Soapstone Colorado  | No Comments
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How To Effectively Clean Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone is a great countertop option for many reasons. This beautiful stone is soft but durable. It is non-porous and heat-resistant. Since it is non-porous, it doesn’t stain and doesn’t allow germs and bacteria to penetrate the surface, which makes it a great kitchen countertop option. Soapstone countertops are a low-maintenance option, but they still require some care. At Dorado Soapstone in Colorado, we can provide your home with the soapstone countertops you want and need. Learn more about how to effectively clean and care for your soapstone countertops and contact us today!

Initial Soapstone Oiling

After your soapstone countertops have been installed and the glue has had time to completely dry, you can use mineral oil to enhance the natural beauty of this stone. Before applying mineral oil, wipe your countertops with a wet sponge to remove any residue from the installation process. Once it is dry, you can oil your countertops. We suggest using non-toxic mineral oil, especially if your soapstone countertops are in your kitchen where you prepare food.

The first oiling will take some elbow grease. Simply pour some mineral oil on the countertops and use clean, dry rags to rub it into the entire surface. Once all of the stone is covered, let it sit for about an hour, then use another clean and dry rag to wipe off excess oil. The oil will not absorb into the sandstone, and after a while, you will have to re-oil your countertops to bring out the natural beauty.

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Follow-Up Oiling For Soapstone Countertops

Oiling regularly will keep your soapstone looking beautiful. While oiling is an optional step when caring for your soapstone countertops, it can help bring out the stunning, natural colors. Depending on how often you use your countertops, will change how often you will want to oil them. If you have soapstone in your kitchen and cook daily, the mineral oil will not last as long as it will for people who don’t use their countertops often. You can oil your countertops once a month or once every two to three months to draw out its natural beauty again.

Cleaning Your Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone countertops are easy to clean, which makes them a great option for the home. They are non-porous, which makes them resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone is also chemically neutral, which means that acidic foods won’t cause blemishes or etching. They are also heat-resistant, which means you won’t scorch them. Soapstone countertops can often be cleaned by simply wiping them down with a sponge and soapy water. Wipe them down and then use a rag to wipe away excess water and soap, although these things won’t absorb into the countertops either. Using a bit of a stronger cleaning product is generally also fine when cleaning your countertops. However, you won’t want to use anything like steel wool or another cleaning tool, since soapstone is soft and can scratch.

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Handling Scratches on Soapstone Countertops

So, what if you scratch your soapstone countertops? If the scratch is shallow enough, you will likely be able to take care of it with mineral oil. If the scratch is deeper, you may need to sand it. Since sandstone is soft, sanding the scratch is an easy way to smooth it out. When sanding, you will want to use sandpaper that is between 120- and 220-grit, depending on how deep the scratch is and the type of sandstone you have since some are softer than others. Sand in a circular motion over the blemished area. A worn piece of sandpaper is going to be gentler than a new one, so keep that in mind as well. After sanding, you will want to oil the spot again.

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Sandstone countertops can make a beautiful addition to your home and are a low-maintenance option. Now that you know how to properly clean and care for sandstone countertops, you can confidently add them to your home! Contact Dorado Sandstone in Colorado to get started!

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