As we have mentioned in the past, soapstone is basically the ideal stone choice for just about any finish — yes, we feel that strongly about soapstone’s superiority! It can be used for everything from flooring to fireplace surrounds, and that’s on top of the versatility it provides in so many ways for the kitchen. Yes, we’re big fans, so much so that we can see how soapstone could be beautiful and useful in pretty much any room of the house. Have you thought about adding soapstone to your bathroom? Here’s what you should know about soapstone counters, flooring, and sinks in this heavily-used space:
All the benefits that make soapstone great for kitchen counters also makes them ideal for bathroom use. The biggest perk is that soapstone is naturally antimicrobial. Soapstone is non-porous, which means that there are no little nooks for germs to crawl into, hunker down, and spread illness. Now, that doesn’t mean that bacteria can’t collect on top if the counter gets dirty, but since it’s non-porous, it’s a lot easier to clean a soapstone counter and leave it disinfected. In addition to this, soapstone is chemically inert, meaning it won’t react to acidic or alkaline substances. Feel free to use your preferred disinfecting cleaner without worrying about causing damage to the soapstone. We strongly recommend soapstone in the bathroom because it’s much easier to disinfect than other stone options — something with major value in a space as potentially germ-infested as the bathroom!
Soapstone Shower/Bath Surrounds
Now, since soapstone is non-porous, that means liquids don’t have anywhere to go. They won’t be absorbed as they would by, say, sandstone. This can be a big benefit if you wanted to create a backsplash behind the sink or surround the tub/shower area with soapstone tiles. Soapstone is also heat-resistant — which is another point toward using soapstone for bathroom counters, as well. In terms of shower surrounds, the fact that soapstone is heat resistant means it will absorb the heat of warm water and slowly disburse it, so you can get a shower nice and toasty and keep it that way! Our one caveat here is that, since soapstone is non-porous, it can get slick when wet. If you want to use soapstone as shower flooring, we’d recommend choosing smaller tiles or finding another way to create texture to reduce the risk of slipping.
Since soapstone retains heat well, it’s a good option for flooring, not just countertops. Your home’s heater and even beams of sunshine can provide heat for the floor tiles to absorb and, like the shower example above, soapstone floor tiles will also emit that heat slowly over time. It’s a great way to enjoy comfortably toasty flooring and help your home heater work a bit more efficiently.
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