5 Simple Steps of Soapstone Maintenance

Soapstone is a unique natural stone that has been used for centuries for a variety of applications, from kitchen countertops, sinks to fireplaces and even scientific laboratories. Traditional, soapstone is softer than most natural stones as it is primarily composed of talc, giving it a smooth, matte finish that is unlike any other natural stone. To keep your soapstone looking great for decades to come, it requires some minimal maintenance. Let’s discuss some of the best practices for caring for your soapstone to ensure the longevity and beauty of this natural stone.

Daily Soapstone Cleaning

Soapstone is a non-porous stone, which means it does not absorb liquids and is resistant to stains. However, you’ll still want to clean up spills to maintain the patina consistently.  For daily cleaning, all that is needed is a mild soap, warm water solution, and a soft cloth or sponge. Because soapstone is naturally anti-bacterial, you do not need to use harsh cleaners.

Waxing or Oiling, not Sealing

Unlike many other natural stones, soapstone does not require sealing as it is naturally resistant to moisture and stains. Soapstone wax or oil is not the same as a sealing product, because they help maintain the patina: they are not sealing out liquid, like you need for a marble or granite surface. We recommend The Original Soapstone Wax or Oil™️ to keep your counters looking great.

Maintaining the Patina

One of the most distinctive characteristics of soapstone is its natural patina, which develops over time as the stone is exposed to heat and oils. The patina gives the stone a warm, aged, dark appearance that is highly sought after by many homeowners. In areas where the counter experiences more wear and tear (around the sink or stove, for example), your counter will darken faster. Some homeowners want to show that difference. But for those who want the consistent dark color you saw in the showroom, you’ll want to apply the soapstone wax or oil periodically, especially initially after installation. The more frequently you apply your soapstone wax oil at the beginning of its life, the quicker the Soapstone will age, patina, or darken evenly.

Preventing Scratches

While traditional soapstone is softer than most natural stones and can scratch, minor scratches can often be repaired simply by sanding the affected area with 120-grit sandpaper in a circular motion. To prevent scratches always use a cutting board when preparing food. Also, be careful not to drag heavy objects across your soapstone counters to avoid scratches.

After sanding the scratch, apply your soapstone wax or oil to the affected area of the counter, and the scratch will disappear.

Repairing Soapstone

Soapstone is extremely durable, but traditional soapstone can ding or scratch over time, especially in high-traffic areas. Small chips or scratches can often be repaired using 120 grit sandpaper. While uncommon, cracks may need the attention of a professional fabricator to ensure it doesn’t worsen. Garden State Soapstone, Slate & Wood Countertops will help bring your soapstone countertop back up to its original state

Long-lasting Warmth & Character

Soapstone is a unique and beautiful natural stone that can add warmth and character to any home. With proper care and maintenance, it can last for decades, withstanding renovations and providing a durable and functional surface for a variety of applications. By following these tips, you can ensure that your soapstone remains in top condition for years to come, maintaining its natural beauty.

When you work with Garden State Soapstone Slate & Wood Countertops, you have a professional fabricator that can walk you through the best tools for maintaining soapstone and keeping it looking great.

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June, 2023

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