Soapstone is a darker stone with unique features that make it an excellent material for countertops. Because it is a non-porous material, soapstone countertops do not require sealing. They can easily be cleaned using soap and water. As a softer material, soapstone may accumulate nicks, scratches and dents. Scratches are easily repaired with either mineral oil or sanding. As an added benefit, soapstone countertops will not absorb food or liquid and are acid resistant.
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock composed mainly of talc, magnesium, silicate and chlorite. Soapstone countertop colors vary from gray to green to blue. The material can be darkened by using mineral oil or wax. To maintain darkening, mineral oil must be applied once a week for several weeks and then every three months after that. Wax is applied once a week for three weeks and then every year after that.
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