Soapstone is unique, with properties unlike other stones such as limestone, granite, marble, bluestone, or slate.
Soapstone has an unusually stable composition, possessing extraordinary heat retention and transfer properties. It can withstand direct flames indefinitely and can be subjected to great fluctuation in temperature with little expansion or contraction. This makes soapstone an excellent choice for countertops and hardscapes such as patios and walkways because it resists “popping” and spalling.
It is also extremely dense (non-porous) and is impenetrable, no liquid will permeate the surface and it will not stain and does not harbor bacteria, even acids or alkalis will not damage the stone.
No other stones have these qualities. Soapstone doesn’t need to be treated with chemical sealants like other “natural” products including the most popular stones for countertops.
Soapstone countertops are an excellent choice for homeowners who want a traditional look in their kitchen with a rich dark surface. The texture of soapstone will give you a smooth and silky appearance.