Soft, textured and aesthetically pleasing, soapstone (also known as Steatite) has been used for thousands of year in building, sculpting and cooking. Composed mostly of the mineral talc, this metamorphic rock is produced by a combination of heat, pressure and fluids. Soapstone is softer than most other natural stones like marble, limestone and granite, but it is more dense and non-porous in comparison. Since it is non-porous, soapstone will not stain as easily because liquids will not permeate the surface. It’s common to find soapstone sinks, tiles, work tables and countertops in science rooms and labs because soapstone is also inert, meaning alkalis and acids won’t affect the surface. Another soapstone characteristic is natural heat retention. Soapstone is used in fireplaces, wood stoves, fireplace liners and pizza ovens because it heats up very quickly and will slowly radiate heat for hours after.
The only maintenance required for soapstone is the application of mineral oil to enhance the natural darkening process the material goes through. Any surface stains that occur can be scrubbed or sanded off. See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or Contact Us directly with any other questions.