Many varieties of soapstone will scratch. However, because of the extreme density of this material, scratches rarely will penetrate the surface - meaning they can easily be made invisible with a small dot of mineral oil.
Soapstone is easily restored to a smooth state with the use of 220 and 120 sandpaper, then applying oil.
No. Soapstone is impenetrable and non-porous, so it will not stain or etch as other stones do.
Slate and Wood Countertops
Care and Maintenance
No. Soapstone is impervious, and therefore, no sealant is needed.
Because of its honed finish, soapstone is simple to clean. Any mild dish detergent is recommended. Harsh cleaners will not harm the stone, however, may take off the oil (re-oiling may be needed).
It will vary. However, generally once a month for the first 6 months. Soapstone will stay darkened (patina), unless a harsh cleaning chemical is applied. If this occurs, reapply your soapstone oil and the soapstone will return to it's darkened apperance.
Yes, because of its non-porous, heat resistant properties, hot pans can be placed directly on the counter without harm. Soapstone's thermal properties prevent degradation from high heat.
Yes. We ask that our clients email or call us in advance to schedule an appointment at our showroom. We are a small business, and sometimes close when we're out on templates or installs. We want to make sure we have the time available to address all of our client's needs and questions.