When you install soapstone countertops in your home, you have the assurance of knowing that no one else in the world will have exactly the same slab as you have. Colors vary greatly, and it’s likely that the piece you receive will have intricate and distinctive veining throughout the stone. If you like the piece in its original state, you need do nothing to it. However, if you prefer it to have a richer hue, you can apply mineral oil to the surface, and you also have various textures from which to choose. You can select a highly polished surface or one with a more rustic, rougher feel.
The durability of soapstone countertops is unparalleled. Heat is no problem with this material, so cooks can pull a hot pan from the stove or oven and place it directly onto the surface without worry of damage. Spills are also a non-issue with this surface because permanent stains will not occur. Many homeowners are pleasantly surprised at the long-term durability of this material. In fact, it might last for generations, maintaining its beauty and vibrancy. Superficial scratches could occur over the years, and if you leave them, they will become a natural part of the patina of the aged counter.
The strength and density of this material prevent the absorption of any liquids. Tomato sauce, red wine, and grape juice are no match for soapstone countertops. Even the most acidic liquids will clean up effortlessly. Furthermore, you will never have to perform maintenance to keep up the non-porous properties of the material. Other countertops require the repeated application of sealants, but soapstone countertops are maintenance-free. The only step you might perform is applying mineral oil if you choose.
Quarrying this material is a simple process, with custom cutting and cleaning being the only steps necessary to prepare it for installation. This natural material is completely recyclable. Homeowners can also enjoy the fact that this choice is free of potentially harmful toxic chemicals and sealants.
The cost of this surface is comparable to other natural stones. However, you can save significantly with this choice because of the simple installation involved. Instead of paying for expert installation, many homeowners can easily install it themselves.