Can soapstone be used in a kitchen?
Soapstone is a natural stone, it has been used for thousands of years because it is a soft rock that has an incredible ability to absorb and radiate heat. Soapstone counters are made from quarried stone. The stone is a steatite stone that includes chlorite, magnesite, and dolomite. Most also contain quite a bit of talc which accounts for the milky or powdery look and feel of the stone. Slabs with lots of talcs have been used by sculptors through the ages for its softness. Steatite with less talc is hard enough for use in countertops and fireplace surrounds. If you love the dark beauty of granite and the light veining of marble, consider soapstone instead. It’s durable, relatively low-maintenance, and has a lovely, old-world feel.
Why is soapstone good for countertops?
- It doesn’t stain. Soapstone is dense and nonporous; it does darken when liquid pools on its surface, but it lightens back up when the liquid evaporates or is cleaned off.
2. It can stand up to acidic materials. The fact that soapstone is chemically inert means it’s not harmed by lemon juice or cleaners that must be avoided with other natural stone surfaces. That’s why it’s so popular for use as science lab tops.
3. It’s also heat resistant: you can place pots directly onto the countertop. And it can be cleaned with just soap and water.
Where you can use soapstone?
Because of its resilience and adaptability, soapstone can be used for much more than countertops; it works well as sinks, fireplace surrounds, flooring, and throughout the bathroom. It’s also a great choice for outdoor counters and sinks as it’s impervious to weather and bacteria.