When you make the decision to remodel your kitchen, one major choice to make is countertop material. For a long time, granite was the clear choice for high end kitchens. Now, however, you have a variety of choices available, including quartz and a material that is gaining popularity: soapstone.
Soapstone is a great alternative to quartz or granite. Soapstone is sourced from quarries all over the world including the United States. It comes in a variety of colors and subtle patterns that range from dark blue/green to light gray. In time with normal use, the surface will develop a patina giving it an “old world” rustic look.
Soapstone is also non-porous and hygienic. It can absorb high levels of heat and quickly disburse it evenly so it cools quickly. These qualities make soapstone an ideal choice for farm type sinks and counter tops.
Soapstone is a natural stone but unlike other stones it is comprised primarily of talc that has been compressed in the earth under extreme heat. Although soapstone is a very dense material it is softer than granite or marble. Throughout civilization soapstone was and still is widely used for carving sculptures and other objects of art.
Since it is a softer material, it begs the question—how do you take care of it? Scratches and scuffs can be removed with the use of common sand paper. Because soapstone is non-porous, it does not require sealing. Instead mineral oil is used to sharpen and enhance the color of the material. When applied the mineral oil will darken the color and highlight the veins and patterns in the material. Re-applying mineral oil from time to time will mask minor scratches and keep the surface looking consistent.
So, if you are looking for that unique feature product in your kitchen or bar and you want a classic look without compromising performance, soapstone is the choice for you. Make an appointment at Seigle’s today to see the various soapstone options that can be part of your remodel.