We frequently talk about Patina
Patina is how your soapstone naturally ages. It’s why quarried traditional soapstone, in its natural state, is light blue gray or darker grey. Typically the darker soapstone is harder, with less talc. Soapstone countertops will age (patina) or darken naturally. However this could take some time and typically is inconsistent, especially around the sink and stove areas. This is also the reason why Garden State Soapstone recommends treating your soapstone with organic wax or oil. This will speed up the aging process and darken/patina the soapstone evenly.
When soapstone remains untreated, it tends to age/darken unevenly. It may appear splotchy, or light in some areas and dark in others. Some of our clients prefer this look, since it’s a completely natural process for soapstone, and adds character to the countertops.
What’s the Difference? Here are a few images.
Untreated Soapstone Countertops
Treated Soapstone Countertops
Untreated Soapstone: Detail