Soapstone has increasingly become popular as a choice of stone for kitchen countertops. Is it the right choice for your kitchen? Find out if this beautiful stone is the right pick for your space.
What is Soapstone?
Soapstone is a natural stone primarily made up of talc. It has a beautifully milky appearance and, because of this, exudes a rustic look unlike any other choice of stone. Because this type of natural stone is more uncommon than granite or marble, it has a unique look and can help to elevate your space. Its gorgeous coloring and veining come in more neutral darker color options like black, blue/grays, and white.
Why choose Soapstone?
Soapstone is a more eco-friendly option for your countertops because is not man-made and therefore no unnatural toxins or chemicals were used in creating it. Plus, that means that it is completely recyclable. Soapstone is also easy to clean with just a little bit of soap and water. Because it is not a porous stone, you won’t have any of those pesky water stains to worry about either. If you are someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, this very durable stone may be for you. It is heat resistant, which creates extra space for your hot dishes coming out of the oven to sit without damaging your countertops. Soapstone also isn’t prone to cracking or scratching, making prepping on their surface a breeze.
How to care for Soapstone
Soapstone does require a little more maintenance than other countertop options like quartz. Daily, you can just clean your soapstone countertop with a regular wipe down with soap and water. Every month, or whenever your countertop starts to look dried out, rub it down with some mineral oil will help keep it looking beautiful. Giving soapstone this extra attention helps with its overall natural patina. After you have applied the oil, it will look darker for a while; don’t worry, it’s completely normal. Because of their ease in upkeep, this task is easily manageable.
There are a lot of different options when choosing a new countertop for your kitchen. Your interior design team at WPL Interior Design is happy to help go over your options and choose the best one to fit your needs and budget. We’re happy to go over more of the pros and cons of soapstone countertops or help find an alternative that will match your decor better. Give us a call today to get started on your kitchen renovation!