What is soapstone?
Chemistry class might’ve been your first experience with Soapstone, where it was the countertop material of choice due to its chemically inert composition and high density, making it impervious to stains and bacteria. If soapstone can hold up to high school students, it might be the right choice for your kitchen or bathroom. A metamorphic rock that consists primarily of talc with varying amounts of other minerals such as micas, chlorite, amphiboles, pyroxenes, and carbonates. It is a soft, dense, heat- resistant rock that has a high specific heat capacity. Soapstone does not stain and is not harmed by hot pots, citrus, wine, acids, or chemicals. Soapstone is typically gray, bluish, green, or brown in color, often variegated.
Details about its resistance
HEAT RESISTANCE: One cool fact about soapstone is that it is almost totally resistant to heat! Soapstone is known for being an incredibly dense stone. The very dense nature of soapstone also makes it a truly hygienic surface for food preparation.
STAIN RESISTANCE: Soapstone will not stain due to its density and non-porous nature. It can darken over time, but the use of mineral oil can help achieve a dark, even appearance.
SCRATCH RESISTANCE: Soapstone may be dense, but it is still one of the softest countertop options. This makes it very susceptible to scratching. However, the ‘soft but dense’ nature of soapstone makes it easy to repair mishaps simply by using a soft sander, and yet allows for an aging process that many think makes it look better with time. Scratches can also be hidden by using mineral oil on the surface regularly.
WEATHER/UV RESISTANCE: Soapstone can be used outdoors, its non-porous attributes make it resist the elements.
If you live near the ocean or an area where heavy snow is common, no worries! Your soapstone will be unharmed by intense heat, cold, rain, or salt. It is always a good idea to cover your outdoor countertops when not in use.