Your kitchen countertops work hard to fill multiple roles in your home. They provide a place to prep food and organize meals, and countertops have become the centerpiece of the modern kitchen, adding beauty and style along with a convenient place to converse with family or share a drink with friends. Your choice of countertop material should be carefully considered to fit the needs of your family.
Soapstone countertops have been hailed by Martha Stewart as she chose this material which is named for its smooth, “soapy” touch for all the countertops in her studio kitchen. Here we will look at why soapstone has become such a popular choice for modern kitchen countertops.
Benefits of Soapstone Countertops
Excellent Durability and Density
Soapstone does not have to be sealed, because it is nonporous unlike marble and granite countertops. It is a natural quarried stone that resists stains extremely well. Also, It doesn’t react to acids like wine, vinegar, tomatoes, and citrus fruits. The material is easy to repair any nicks or chips on its surface. For these reasons, soapstone is also a material of choice for science lab counters.
A Natural Warmth and Beauty
Soapstone has a soft, milky appearance which makes it a great choice for either rustic, cottage style, or contemporary kitchen decors. Not only is the appearance soft, but the material is considered a soft stone. So, if you drop a glass on a soapstone countertop, it is less likely to break when compared to being dropped on quartz or granite.
You can find beautiful soapstone colors that vary from a slightly marbled white to nearly solid, charcoal grays – and colors that range from brown, white, black, to green and bluish undertones.
Soapstone’s natural properties resist bacterial growth, and its dense and smooth surface prevents unwanted food and beverage accumulation in tiny cracks. This means your countertop stays cleaner and is easier to clean when a spill does happen. Unless treated with mineral oil, soapstone will gradually darken as it ages and reacts to different chemicals. The result is a beautifully weathered patina that embodies a cozy, lived-in appearance.
Because soapstone is a soft stone, you want to avoid dropping heavy objects on the surface. Other than that, soapstone is very low maintenance. For a new soapstone countertop, wipe on a good coat of mineral oil on it after it has sat for a day in the home. For the first few months, you may want to reapply the mineral oil once every week. After that, it is only necessary a couple of times per year.
For a wide selection of soapstone, granite, quartz, marble, or onyx countertop materials, visit Planet Granite online or in our Colorado showroom today.