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Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone Countertops

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Soapstone, also called steatite, is a metamorphic rock found all over the world. Its high talc content makes it one of the softest of all metamorphic rocks. It has been used for centuries for intricate carvings and elaborate buildings, which many have withstood the test of time.

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More recently, soapstone countertops have excited homeowners with its form and functionality.
This is a naturally quarried stone, which has many applications within residential and commercial building. Soapstone countertops, soapstone sinks, masonry heater and flooring is among the most popular uses of this rock.
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Builders and homeowners are now showing new interest in this amazing material, not only for its natural look and feel, but for its functionality over other natural products.
Soapstone countertops are among the most owner friendly natural products. Although soapstone is softer than most countertop materials it is very dense and nonporous. Unlike granite countertops a soapstone countertop will not stain and will not be damaged by hot pots or common household liquids like citrus, wine, acids or chemicals. That’s right you can clean your natural soapstone countertop with common household cleaners!
Soapstone countertops are limited on the variety of color. Most untreated soapstone comes in varying shades of gray. Remember, when choosing your soapstone countertops, it will darken once your stone is sealed.
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Image compliments of soapstone-countertops.com

Your soapstone countertop can be sealed with mineral oil; however some owners don’t apply any type of sealant to the stone, which allows it to take on its own natural patina.


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