A metamorphic rock, unsealed soapstone presents a weathered or aged appearance that develops naturally over time as the patina is enhanced. Traditionally, mineral oil can be applied as a natural sealer. Soapstone is used for inlaid designs, sculpture, kitchen countertops, sinks, fireplaces and barbecues.
What is Soapstone?
Blending classic beauty with functionality and durability, Soapstone is one of nature’s most perfect creations. This metamorphic stone gets its name from the soft or “soapy” feel of its surface. Slab colors vary from soft grays to rich charcoals to velvety deep greens and can be almost uniform in color or have white veining throughout. Soapstone is very versatile and utilized in a wide range of design styles. Used widely in rustic and country kitchens for its warmth, Soapstone is also hugely popular with those who prefer modern design for its silky and utilitarian look. Since no two slabs are ever alike, your Soapstone countertop will never be duplicated in another home.
Perhaps its best feature is its durability. Soapstone is so durable that stoves and sinks made from Soapstone in the 1800s are still being used today in the northeastern United States. Soapstone is an investment for life and can last for generations. It will age beautifully and develop a natural patina over time, darkening to a deep charcoal color. Any scratches and marks that occur only add to its character. But for those with a perfectionist streak, Soapstone is definitely the stone for you. Scratches can be sanded out and the counter returned to its initial integrity. You can’t do that with any other material.
Should I Put Soapstone in my Kitchen?
The answer is a resounding YES! Adding a Soapstone slab to your kitchen, means you have a completely natural surface, harvested directly from the earth. A Soapstone counter has no sealers or toxic chemicals and can be completely recycled, making it by far the most environmentally-friendly choice for your kitchen counter. Soapstone is so dense that no sealants are required. Mineral oil and beeswax can be applied for aesthetic purposes to create a darker look and enhance the appearance of veining, but are not required.
No other surface is as well-suited for kitchens as Soapstone. Because it is non-porous and will never absorb liquids, spilling a glass of red wine on a Soapstone counter is not a problem. Soapstone is also chemically inert and non-reactive as well as impervious to germs and bacteria, creating a healthier and safer environment in the kitchen. And it’s also an excellent heat insulator. You never have to worry about putting a hot pan directly onto a Soapstone counter because it’s unaffected by heat and will not be damaged.
It’s no wonder that Soapstone has developed such a zealous following. Designers, architects and discerning consumers alike are obsessed with its virtues and wouldn’t consider any other material for their kitchen counters.
Types of Soapstone Available at Stone West®
You’ve come to the right place! Stone West® has the largest selection of the best quality Soapstone available from all over the world. Available in a 3CM thickness and natural, honed or leathered finishes.
Soapstone, Green Soapstone, Black Soapstone, Silver Vermont Soapstone, Leathered Soapstone.