Natural stone products have become increasingly popular over the years as more and more homeowners recognize not only the beauty of them but also the value they contribute to the home. Soapstone has been used for centuries, dating all the way back to the 1800s, and is gaining momentum once again thanks to its unique, rustic look and durability when compared to granite, marble, and quartz. But what really sets it apart from the rest? Here’s the low down on soapstone and how it can enhance the look and function of your kitchen or bathroom.
Notably, one of the leading factors that set this natural stone apart is its adaptability to temperature. Soapstone can endure extreme fluctuations in temperature. So whether it’s the intense heat of a wood-fired pizza oven or the sub-zero temperatures during a winter power outage, it can handle both extremes very well.
A massive benefit of soapstone is the fact that this natural material is non-porous. This, of course, makes it far less vulnerable to stains and spills, and much easier to clean and maintain, making it more hygienic as well. And, since it is such a dense stone, you won’t have to worry about resealing it!
It’s Chemically Neutral
In addition to its non-porous surface, it’s also chemically neutral, meaning acids like lemon juice or household cleaning products won’t cause damage to the stone. So you can enjoy less maintenance and a countertop that will look as good as it did when you bought it.
Scratches Can Easily Be Fixed
As tough as soapstone is, it can be susceptible to scratches. However, by simply using an 80 grit sanding sponge and a light application of mineral oil, you can quickly fix any scratches and keep your soapstone countertop looking pristine once again.
Natural Beauty & Versatility
This stone generally has a charcoal or slight green appearance with some lighter veining throughout it. And this natural, traditional looking surface is what makes it such a popular choice among homeowners. In addition, since it can hold up to various conditions, it is very versatile. So in addition to the countertop, you can also use this material choose as the backsplash for the fireplace and even for flooring!
If you love the natural look and feel of soapstone and are curious if it’s the right choice for your home reno project, contact us today! Our team will be more than glad to answer any questions you have!