If you’re considering soapstone for your kitchen, bath, or outdoor remodel, you no doubt have questions about the material. You want to make sure you’re getting exactly the product you want for the right price. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions about this versatile stone. If you can’t find your question here, check out our Soapstone 101 video, or contact us, and one of our experts will answer it for you.
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1. Is Soapstone Porous?
Nope. Soapstone is dense and completely nonporous. Nothing penetrates soapstone’s surface.
2. Does Soapstone Harbor Bacteria?
Never! Because soapstone is dense and completely nonporous, it is impervious to bacteria. With soapstone, you can rest easy knowing you have a safe countertop.
3. Will Soapstone Stain?
Soapstone is siliceous (nonporous), so it is unaffected and unharmed by acids contained in everyday substances like wine, lemon, and vinegar. It does not stain, and it does not etch.
4. Isn’t Soapstone Difficult to Maintain?
There’s nothing to it. Some homeowners choose to oil or wax their soapstone to even out the normal darkening that occurs over time. Some appreciate it naturally and do nothing. Soapstone cleans up with regular soap and water, so there is never any need for special cleaners.
5. I Have Heard That Soapstone Is Too Soft for Countertops. Is This True?
Absolutely not! Architectural grade soapstone is a high-hardness material with nonporous mineral crystals for extra mechanical resistance and longevity. Check out this video for more information on Soft vs. Hard Soapstone.
6. Does Soapstone Scratch Easily?
Yes, it scratches more easily than other natural stones, but it repairs more effectively as well. Apply some oil or wax to the scratch or give it a light sanding with sandpaper or steel wool if the scratch is deeper. Deep gouges can be filled, sanded, and oiled back to beauty.
7. Does Soapstone Need to Be Sealed Like Other Natural Stone?
No, it does not. Soapstone needs no chemical sealers as other natural stone does. That’s why soapstone is considered the safest and most natural stone choice for your home. Some folks apply oil or wax to their countertops because they like the darker look it provides. If you are interested in darkening your soapstone, take a moment to watch this video comparing oil and wax.
8. How Does Soapstone Compare in Price to Other Natural Stone?
Soapstone costs around the same as moderately priced granite.
9. How Do I Learn More About Soapstone?
Visit the Dorado Soapstone Blog & YouTube Channel for more info!