Soapstone is often used in laboratories at universities and within industry because of its spectacular properties as a countertop surface. While those countertops are not decorative, when used as a home countertop, you may appreciate some of the same qualities that scientists do while also enjoying its natural beauty.
Unlike many other natural stone surfaces, soapstone has a soft feel to the touch. It has a high heat resistance, won’t be stained by acids and other chemicals, can be cleaned with soap and water, and is highly durable.
The appearance to have a gray-blue appearance that can also have hints of green. The veins that appear in the stone come from the presence of other minerals. It will turn darker with age, but you can also treat it with mineral oil to darken it prematurely to a deeper charcoal gray.
Characteristics of SoapStone
- Low-maintenance surface material that is easy to clean
- Doesn’t absorb liquids and won’t stain easily
- An appearance that matures and darkens over time with use