Soapstone, like granite or marble, is a natural stone that is quarried. It is composed primarily of talc, plus magnesium, mica, quartz, chlorite and iron. Today, Soapstone counter top is a popular choice amongst home owners across the world. They are elegant and perfect for vintage homes, contemporary homes, country houses and modern day luxury villas. They are durable, elegant, eco- friendly, cost effective and unflinchingly beautiful. With a moderate upkeep they can last an entire lifetime without any cracks or stains. They are available in various textures unlike other stones which are available only as high polished finish. Here are a few reasons why you must opt for a soapstone counter top.
Soapstone slabs are available in varying degrees of hardness. The tougher stones are used for tables, countertops, tiles etc. Soapstone is resistant to chemicals and etching from acids, stains and spills. They are also resistant to heat. These stones are non- porous and do not need any sealing. Also, owing to their non-porous characteristics they will not absorb any kind of liquid or chemical. And they are easy to clean and maintain. However, sandstone may suffer scratches but they can be easily removed with sanding. Scratches may also be removed using mineral oil.
Soapstone being a natural stone, each piece is unique in character and consistency. No two pieces can be alike. The colour of the stone varies depending on the area that it comes from.
Sandstone is available in a variety of textures. According to one’s taste they may be left slightly rough or absolutely smooth. Like in the case of granite and other stones, you need not necessarily have to go for a high polished finish.
These stones are natural stones and therefore are entirely environment friendly. It is completely natural and can be recycled. Because of their high density levels, no sealing is required. It is naturally beautiful and therefore does require any special treatment to enhance its beauty. The only recommended treatment may be a mineral oil treatment to enhance its beauty. And in the case of sandstone counter tops, there is no need to use any chemical or toxic cleaners.
Installing a soapstone countertop does not cost much. This makes it quite cost effective. Also it is durable and can last a life time.