|What do Soapstone Countertops Look Like?|
Soapstone countertops are made of a metamorphic rock called soapstone. Soapstone is quarried all over the world and can be between 300 and 400 years old. Soapstone gets its name from its unique property that makes it feel soap-like and soft to the touch. Soapstone is normally sold in slabs. It costs almost the same as granite slabs, depending on the type of soapstone and where it was quarried.
Soapstone countertops look like normal kitchen countertops; they have backsplashes, center islands, and built-in sinks. These countertops are softer than granite and marble. Some of the admirable traits that make soapstone countertops popular are their resistance to cracking, resistance to staining, and heat insulation and regulation. Soapstone countertops are easy to handle and can be made into any kitchen countertop shape, whether it be L-shaped, V-shaped, or round. Soapstone countertops come in different thicknesses and densities depending on their use. Residential soapstone countertops are normally made of thinner ¾ or 1 ¼-inch soapstone slabs with average density.
Soapstone countertops can easily be cut using a diamond cutter, which makes it an ideal material for do-it-yourself homeowners and builders. Because of its rugged feel, soapstone countertops are sometimes used in older, dated homes. These countertops are traditionally light gray but can also be made in different colors and textures. Once installed, soapstone countertops are usually rubbed down with mineral oil to transform their light gray color to a darker, shinier shade.
Maintenance of soapstone countertops
Here are a few tips on how to clean and maintain your soapstone countertop:
How to keep your soapstone countertop stain-resistant
To keep your soapstone countertop resistant to stains, maintain it regularly. Rub the surface of your countertop with mineral oil several times a year, depending on how often you use it. Mineral oil acts as a surface protectant that prevents spilled liquids from being absorbed in the small spaces in soapstone. If spilled liquids are not absorbed, then stains cannot form from the inside.
Another tip is to clean your soapstone countertop regularly. Wash the surface of your countertop with a solution of mild soap and warm water using a soft, non-abrasive sponge. Always remember to rinse your soapstone countertop with clean, running water to avoid any soap build-up.
How to keep your soapstone countertop smooth
When cleaning your soapstone countertop, do not use rough sponges or pads because they can damage or scratch the soapstone surface.
Do not use abrasive detergents or soaps for cleaning because they contain beads or particles that can scuff the countertop surface. Scuffs and scratches can be removed, but the process can be costly and time-consuming to do.
Avoid cutting directly on the soapstone surface. Sharp knives and blades can cut through the soft soapstone and leave marks.
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