Soapstone Countertops: Why Soapstone is the Best Choice for Your Kitchen

Soapstone Countertops: Why Soapstone is the Best Choice for Your Kitchen

Looking for low-maintenance and hard-wearing material for your kitchen countertop? Consider soapstone countertops.

Soapstone is a natural stone that is quarried just like marble and granite. They started forming millions of years ago and are sourced from various countries, including Brazil, France, Spain, Italy, and the United States. Normally gray in color, soapstone features a smooth and soft feel.

While they are often seen in traditional homes, soapstone countertops can also be used in modern homes. They provide a rich, deep color that is largely stain resistant.

Soapstone countertops can be a great choice for your kitchen due to several reasons. Shall we explore some of the reasons?

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Beauty and Versatility

If you are looking for a natural stone with an incredible amount of warmth, you can’t go wrong with soapstone. This is one thing that makes soapstone countertops a favorite for virtually all kitchen styles, including traditional, modern, and eclectic styles.

These countertops offer exceptional design versatility. Soapstone colors range from nearly pure white with slight marbling to charcoal gray with almost solid color. In between, you can get a beautiful variety of pearls, whites, off-whites, and grays with rich marbling.

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Robustness

Soapstone may not be as hard as granite, but it is more malleable. As such, it cannot easily crack from pressure or weight. Moreover, soapstone is very non-porous, a property that makes it stand out among other natural stones, such as granite slate, and sandstone.

It does not require the sealing the other materials do and is much less likely to stain when oil and wine are spilled onto it.  

The major care that soapstone countertops need is a periodic oiling, which ensures that it looks its best and creates a natural patina as it ages. In fact, the oiling is done for aesthetic as opposed to performance reasons.

It is worth noting that soapstone is susceptible to nicks and scratches. Fortunately, these can be simply buffed out with sandpaper.

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Workability

With soapstone countertop, you don’t have to worry about taking a pot right from the stove and placing it on the counter. Besides being resistant to stain, soapstone also cannot get damaged from heat. So, it is much easier to work with soapstone countertops since you don’t have to worry about spilling things or placing hot items on them.

Soapstone is also resistant to acids, such as lemon juice. Since it is non-porous, it can just clean up with mild soap and a sponge. This is a very hygienic countertop, and an excellent choice if you like cooking with fresh fruits, vegetables, as well as meats that are sometimes linked to E-Coli bacteria.

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Environmentally Friendly

Soapstone countertops are extracted from the earth before it is custom cut to fit your kitchen. It is all-naturally and fully recyclable. Moreover, soapstone contains no sealers or any toxic substances. It is naturally beautiful and you don’t need to add anything to make it appealing to the eye.

Once it has been extracted from the earth it only needs a cleanup and trimming before it’s ready for use as a kitchen countertop.

Final thoughts

Soapstone countertops offer versatility, durability, ease of care, and an exceptional kind of beauty. They come in a wide range of colors, types, and treatments. So you can easily find one that blends in well with your kitchen color scheme or décor. These countertops are one of the best and arguably the most economical way to upgrade your kitchen.

 

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