This table will help you understand misconceptions about soapstone.
|Soapstone is porous||
Soapstone is nonporous
Due to its mineral composition and density, it is nonporous.
|Soapstone can be affected by heat||
Soapstone will not burn
Don’t worry about setting a hot pot or pan down on your soapstone countertop or fumbling with hot pads.
|Soapstone can harbor bacteria||
Soapstone will not harbor bacteria
As the densest natural stone counter surface, soapstone is a safe countertop for residential use. It is the ONLY natural stone countertop that does not require a chemical sealer.
|Soapstone stains easily||
Soapstone cannot stain
Soapstone is siliceous ‒nonporous, meaning it is unaffected and unharmed by acids contained in everyday substances like wine, lemon, or vinegar. You won’t need to purchase special cleaners, either. Any household cleaner will do the trick!
|Soapstone is difficult to clean||
Easy to clean
Because soapstone is nonporous, you only need to treat it occasionally, using dry wax, for example, to enhance the natural darkening process that occurs with all soapstone.Again, any household cleaner will do the trick!
|Soapstone is difficult to maintain||
Easy to maintain
Homeowners can easily fix scratches, eliminating the need for costly professional repairs.
|Soapstone is too soft for architectural projects||
Soapstone comes in architectural grades
The main difference with architectural grade soapstone is its talc content, which may range from 30% in architectural grades to as high as 80% for carving grade soapstone. In architectural grade soapstone, the geological composition is mostly high-hardness with nonporous mineral crystals for extra mechanical resistance and longevity.
|Soapstone is too slippery for tile or pavers||
Soapstone is slip resistant
Our product meets slip resistance standards including ASTM C1028 and the Ceramic and Tile Instituteof America’s SCOF (Static Coefficient of Friction) standard.