Although soft to the touch, like a bar of soap, soapstone is incredibly strong and durable. It is a natural stone that is mostly magnesium and talc, and the Native Americans used it for cookware, because it has tremendous heat distribution capability. The stone is also fantastic for inlays, including fireplace mantels and surrounds, sculptures, sinks, and even kitchen countertops.
This material can stand up to hot pots, pans, and casserole dishes that you place on your countertop. To protect the stone, you’ll want to use hot pads, but you don’t have to. It’s durable enough to take abuse much like granite does without damage. The only thing that happens to soapstone as it ages is it darkens some, but this natural patina enhances the stone’s beauty.
Homeowners and homebuyers are opting for soapstone in the kitchen because its color is rich and earthy. It’s a sustainable material, as well, and it feels nice to the touch. Despite the fact that it’s soft and smooth, it’s also nonporous, so it doesn’t stain easily nor does it harbor harmful bacteria. It’s easy to keep clean and it doesn’t corrode over time.
Many homeowners can count on their new soapstone tops to last a lifetime, which means the initial investment is well worth the cost. Do not panic, however, as this material is much more affordable than granite, marble, quartzite, or other high-end countertops. The color and natural vein also make this stone as beautiful as its more expensive counterparts are, so you really can’t go wrong.
Those wishing to add value to their home and beautify their kitchen and bathrooms at the same time should opt for soapstone countertops. Don’t do this yourself. Hire a professional contractor with experience using this material. You’ll find it easier to select the best tops for your needs and might even opt for additional inlay work with the help of professional input.