Today we are going to talk about soapstone and how to make it smooth and shiny. If you’re not sure what soapstone is, think back to your old high school chemistry class days. These classes always used soapstone for their countertops because it has a high resistance to staining and burning. But now, soapstone is making a comeback in our homes. It’s becoming more popular to use in the kitchen because of its amazing durability and natural stone look that is different from the typical granite and marble.
One important thing to take into consideration is your color scheme of your kitchen when choosing soapstone. The color range for it is limited and the colors depend on where it was quarried from. Soapstone typically is a light solid gray/green colored when it is untreated. Some types, like ones from Brazil, have a beautiful veining effect or wavy patterns. Keep in mind that the more solid soapstone is, the higher the mineral content, which makes it harder and more durable.
Soapstone has many advantages and is perfect for those with children because the soapstone is non-porous, meaning that the spills will not absorb into the material and will prevent stains. You can have a custom designed sink made of soapstone to match your countertops to give your kitchen a unique look. Soapstone is also heat resistant and you can place hot pots directly onto the surface, but we don’t recommend that because of the possibility of being burned from the hot countertop.
The one down-fall of the soapstone is that it’s softer than granite or marble, which makes it more susceptible to scratches. However, most scratches can easily be removed with sanding. Mineral oil can be used to darken the color of the stone and give it a clean, wet look. The oil will need to be reapplied every so often because of evaporation.