Soapstone countertops may already be the highlight of your home, but mineral oil can take them to the next level. Oiled soapstone can offer a darker and more uniform appearance, which might be perfect if you’re going for a more sophisticated look in your kitchen. One question we often receive at Dorado Soapstone, though, is how you can keep your oiled countertops looking their best? Well, today we have answers! Read on to learn our top tips for caring for your oiled soapstone countertops, and contact us with any questions!
How To Apply Mineral Oil
First, make sure you’re using a mineral oil that’s specially formulated for your soapstone countertops. You can apply the oil to your countertops in small amounts, making sure to rub it in with a soft rag or paper towels. You should notice the stone turning darker, which is exactly what you’re aiming for!
How Often Should You Oil Your Soapstone?
Unlike porous stones such as granite and quartz, soapstone doesn’t need to be sealed. Rather, the purpose of oiling your soapstone countertops is to speed up their natural darkening process. This means you can oil your soapstone whenever the previous coat starts to dissipate and the color starts to lighten. The time between treatments should gradually increase until you have your new look permanently!
Cleaning Your Oiled Countertop
Although soapstone is chemically inert and resistant to most cleaning substances, the same isn’t necessarily true for the mineral oil you apply. That’s why we recommend using mild, gentle cleansers and non-abrasive scrubbing pads when cleaning your oiled countertops.
Use Oil for Scratch Removal
Soapstone is one of the softer stones, which means it can get scratched if you’re not careful. Fortunately, a small dose of mineral oil is all you need to hide the appearance of most small scratches! If you’re dealing with a larger scratch, you may be able to sand it down before applying oil to restore its luster.
If you have any questions about caring for your oiled soapstone countertops, or if you’re interested in having some installed in your home, Dorado Soapstone is your go-to destination! Check out our locations and visit us today!