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Soapstone is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock, composed primarily of the mineral talc. It forms in the subduction zones of continental plates, where incredible amounts of heat and pressure result in various crystallization processes. Like other types of natural stone, soapstone has seen extensive architectural application, with the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio being perhaps the most famous example.

While soapstone doesn’t see as much use as other materials, it is undeservedly neglected given that it brings several unique advantages to the table. See below for a breakdown of upsides and downsides. The next time you’re picking a material for your kitchen countertop, be sure to include soapstone in your considerations.

The Benefits

High Heat Resilience: Despite being porous, soapstone stands up to heat very well.
High Malleability: Softer than other types of stone, soapstone is easy to work with.
Low Price Point: Soapstone will not set you back as much as granite or quartz.
Low Maintenance: Sanding and oiling should be enough to fix small scratches.
Resistant to Cracking: Fairly pliable, soapstone might dent but it will not crack.
Eco-Friendly: As a renewable resource, soapstone doesn’t harm the environment.

The Downsides

Limited Visuals: Comes in only a handful of different colors and patterns.
Scratches Easily: Not as soft as other stones, fairly easy to dent or scratch.
Stains Easily: Oily substances can darken the material.

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