Soapstone Countertops

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Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone Countertops by Granite Grannies

Beautify Your Home With Our Elegant Stonework


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At Granite Grannies, craftsmanship comes first. With a traditional yet versatile soapstone countertop, you can give your kitchen, bar, or bathroom a stunningly fresh look.

Soapstone has a uniquely natural beauty that is hard to find in other minerals. It’s also been described as a “calming” mineral, due to its silky-smooth feel and the variety of neutral colors it is available in (ranging from light grey and bluish-grey to almost black, depending on its mineral content).

Soapstone is perfect for:

  • Kitchen countertops
  • Bathroom countertops
  • Indoor bars
  • Outdoor bars
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Decks
  • Fireplaces

Soapstone has been around as an architectural and artistic supplement for a very long time — there are sculptures — still intact — dating back as far as 7000 BC, that were carved out of this wonderous material. It’s even been used to make cookware, dishes, and bed warmers! Scientists love to use soapstone in their laboratories due to its stain and burn resistance, and it has become popular in industrial circles as a primary insulator for items that are regularly exposed to heat, such as fireboxes and ovens.

As a homeowner simply looking to upgrade your countertops or fireplace, you’re probably not too interested in the historical significance of soapstone. What you really want to know is: how will it look and perform in my home? Well, we hear at Granite Grannies would love to fill you in!

Soapstone looks great in almost any style of kitchen, from country farmhouse to cottage to contemporary themes. Because of its neutral coloring, you can expect it to match cabinets and accessories that are similar in tone; think Autumn or early winter colors if that helps form a picture in your mind. It might help to know that soapstone countertops have a natural habit of darkening with age, helped along by exposure to cooking oils or contact with human hands. Don’t worry though, this darkening results in a nice, even patina throughout the countertop and can add a lot of charm to a kitchen.

Performance-wise, how does soapstone compare to other types of stone? For starters, it is non-porous, meaning it won’t “hold” onto stains and odors as easily as granite and marble — essentially making it easier to keep clean. It still requires care, of course, but you can expect less of that with soapstone than with any other type of stone countertop. Typically, all it takes to clean soapstone is some soap and warm water.

Despite its density, soapstone is not as scratch resistant as quartz, marble, or granite. In fact, it’s quite easy to accidentally scratch a soapstone countertop with a knife, or even dent it from impact with a heavy bowl. Fortunately, it’s also quite easy to repair this kind of damage — simply file down the scratch or dent with sandpaper and then rub the affected spot with a bit of mineral oil, and voila! Your countertop is as good as new. There is a certain charm to a “worked-in” countertop, however, so you may be of the mind to let scratches and dents stay in their place.

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Soapstone can be polished by maintaining it with mineral oil or a specialized soapstone wax. Caring for your countertops in this manner will allow them to keep their original color. Keep in mind that with polishing, soapstone will lose its unique “dry soap” feel, but simply discontinuing treatment will eventually bring that texture back.

Whether you pick soapstone for its natural look and feel or for its practicality, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

If you are interested in soapstone countertops, contact the stone experts at Granite Grannies below. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have about this versatile mineral, and we have access to a wide selection of different soapstone styles that will be sure to please the most demanding homeowner.