ESF Soapstone countertop installation featuring Original PA Soapstone
What is soapstone and why would you want to use it in your kitchen or bathroom countertop project? More on the natural stone soapstone and whether it is right for you countertop project.
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.
- 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: Pliable, soapstone might dent but it will not crack.
- Eco-Friendly: As a renewable resource, soapstone doesn’t harm the environment.
- Limited Visuals: Comes in only a handful of different colors and patterns
- Scratches Easily: Not as soft as other stones, easy to dent or scratch.
- Stains Easily: Oily substances can darken the material.