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Soapstone is a metamorphic rock. Because of its high talc content, soapstone may feel “soapy” when touched, hence the name. There are two different kinds of stone, popularly called soapstone. Talc, the softer of the two, is used for carvings. The other is called Steatite. Steatite is harder than Talc and commonly used for countertops, sinks, lab benches, fireplaces and ovens. Soapstone is used for inlaid designs, sculpture, coasters, and kitchen countertops and sinks. Due to its ability to absorb and evenly distribute heat, it is also used for fireplace surrounds and woodstoves.

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  • Excellent alternative natural stone to use in place of granite or marble
  • Won't burn or stain and requires very little maintenance
  • Alkalis and acids won't affect soapstone as they will granite or marble
  • Durable and dense. Although soft, it is far from absorbant
  • Traditional and elegant


  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Some people opt never to apply anything to the stone, as it will soon begin to take on it's own natural patina with regular use.
  • Should only be cleaned with neutral pH detergents.
  • Do not spray cleaner directly onto the countertop.
  • Use a clean dry cloth to clean soapstone countertops.
  • Basic soapstone maintenance involves sanding down scratches and using mineral oil to even out the variations after sanding.
  • Use a cutting board if you wish to prevent scratching.

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