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Tips for choosing the right Soapstone Countertop

Considering a soapstone counter in your home? Soapstone is gorgeous, creating an elegant yet practical finish for the kitchen or bath. Soapstone is often compared to marble, but it is resilient to situations that could stain other finishes, such as red wine. Also, soapstone can withstand extreme heat, so you can set hot pans and crockery on it without worrying about scorches, burns, or blisters.

There are pros and cons of soapstone; here are some tips for choosing the right soapstone for your countertop:

 Color Choices

Soapstone is typically found in whites, grays, greens, and blacks, many with intricate veining. If you are looking for a vibrant or unique color counter, soapstone may not be the best choice. Treat the soapstone with oil recommended by the vendor for a smooth, dark sheen. No two slabs of soapstone will be the same; view stone samples in the light of your home to be sure the color is right.

Patina

Over time, soapstone will darken and develop a rich, lovely patina. This is not staining but seasoning that comes with age and utility. You don’t need to seal soapstone as it is not porous and not prone to stains and absorption that other finishes are.

Soapstone Slabs

Clean your soapstone with simple soap and water to reduce the risk of bacteria, particularly in damp or humid settings like the bathroom.

Interested in a soapstone countertop for your home? Talk to the experts at Legacy Marble and Granite; they know that your new soapstone countertop is more than a sale, but an experience. Call or visit to learn more today.