Soapstone is primarily composed of talc, giving it unique physical properties and ideal for a variety of uses.
We use architectural soapstone (with a composition of roughly 30-50% talc), which is harder, denser and more durable than artistic soapstone (roughly 70% talc).
Soapstone is 99.9% dense, meaning it is non-porous and doesn’t absorb any liquid. This makes it a great counter or bar top material – and does not need to be sealed like other natural stones, such as granite. Soapstone’s density also makes it inert and it will not be penetrated, stained or altered by any aggressive acidic or alkaline substance such as lemon or tomato juice, oils, red wine or bleach.
Soapstone is susceptible to scratches due to its natural softness. However, unlike other natural stones such as granite or marble, the homeowner can restore the surface simply with an application of mineral oil or by using a 220 grit sandpaper. Keep in mind that darker soapstones are also harder and less prone to scratching.
Soapstone stands up to extreme heats with ease. You can put hot pots directly on the soapstone counter without any damage or discoloration. As well, due to its inert qualities soapstone can absorb heat and then slowly release it back – making it perfect for fireplaces.
Due to it’s denseness, soapstone does not require sealing and mineral oils only need to be applied for enhancing color or to repair minor scratches.
Other Advantages Include:
- Anti Bacterial
- Honed or Leather finish
- Soft and smooth at the touch
- Elegant and rustic appearance
- Low electrical conductivity
- High specific heat capacity
- Seams will be nearly invisible and perfectly even
- Farm sink can be made in different shape with the same soapstone as your kitchen top