Myths & Facts

This table will help you understand misconceptions about soapstone.

MythsFacts
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.