Why Choose Soapstone for Your Kitchen Countertop
Homeowners who want an exquisite and exclusive product in their home are choosing soapstone countertops over granite and other natural stone surfaces.
- Soapstone does not stain.
- Soapstone counters are not harmed by hot pots, citrus, wine, acids or chemicals.
- The only maintenance recommended, not required, is the mineral oil treatment to enhance the natural darkening process the stone goes through and to ensure the soapstone darkens evenly. Mineral oil is not recommended to protect the soapstone, it does not need protection since it is naturally non- porous.
- Cleaning your soapstone tops can be done with any of the common household cleaners, no need to buy special sealants or other “hard to find” often harsh chemicals.
- The cost of soapstone is comparable to other natural stones.
- Soapstone can be offered in a variety of different textures, unlike most other natural stones that are only available with a high polished finish. Some clients like the stone to feel rougher to the touch, others like it a little smoother and some like it in between, we can please all tastes by re-finishing the top of the slabs, at no additional cost.
The Different Looks You Can Achieve with a Soapstone Kitchen Countertop
Untreated soapstone results in shades of light gray. If you choose this option, you will eventually get oil and other spills on the soapstone. That will darken the soapstone in spots, but will not stain it, since soapstone is non-porous. You can either clean it a common household cleaner or you can use a household steel-wool pad to clean that spot. Remember, anything that you get on the soapstone surface will not penetrate the stone.
This is many people's favorite look. When you first oil the soapstone, because the oil won't penetrate, it will eventually fade, and eventually return to it's original light gray color, or very close to it. In order to achieve the aged look you can oil the soapstone once or twice and never oil it again. It will have that aged, charcoal look.
If you like the deep rich color of soapstone and love to see the prominent natural veining then the oil soapstone finish should be your choice. To achieve this look you will need to apply periodical coats of mineral oil to the stone until it develops a permanent patina. You also have the ability to reverse this look by removing the mineral oil.
Drain Board Options
Depending on the width of your sink, there are usually 8 runnels, 16" to 18" in length, from 0 to 1/2" slope. This is more of a traditional look.
Very popular in the UK, this more contemporary drainboard. It has a flat surface with a 1/2" slope and a 1/4" lip around the sloped area.
Another contemporary option, this drainboard is just a clean flat surface sloped 1/2".
European Style with Grooves
A combination of the European style with the traditional grooves.
Soapstone Kitchen Countertop Edge Options
Soapstone Integral Countertop Sinks
Integral counter sinks, are one option that homeowners may consider for their soapstone countertop. Creating a unified and consistent look, integral sinks are one-of-a-kind and fuse the sink basin with countertop. This fusion creates sleek and elegant countertop providing ease of use in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas.