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Denver, Colorado Soapstone Countertops, Sinks and Slabs

By DIY Soapstone Countertops, Our Locations, Soapstone Sinks, Soapstone Slabs, Soapstone Tile

Offering custom soapstone installations, DIY soapstone slab sales, sinks and wood burning stoves throughout Colorado. Conveniently located in Denver.
M. Teixeira Soapstone IV
1441 W Bayaud
Unit 3
Denver, Colorado 80223
p: (720) 570-0467
f: (303) 722-2693
email: Denver@soapstones.com

Visit our Denver, Colorado soapstone sinks, countertops, slabs, tiles and wood stove sales page.

San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Monterey California Soapstone Countertops, Sinks and Slabs

By DIY Soapstone Countertops, Our Locations, Soapstone Sinks, Soapstone Slabs, Soapstone Tile

M. Teixeira Soapstone II
725 18th Street
San Francisco, California 94107
p: (415) 401-7778
f: (415) 401-7700
email: California@soapstones.com

Our San Francisco, California location has the Largest Soapstone Stock and Variety on the West Coast, second in the country only to our soapstone warehouse in Hackensack, New Jersey!

M Teixeira Soapstone offers custom installations and soapstone slab sales in San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Monterey and all surrounding areas. Client’s are welcome to choose their own soapstone slabs in our Potrero Hill warehouse in the heart of our Design Center. Looking for Soapstone in California visit any one of our locations.

To ensure the highest level of service, we recommend making an appointment for showroom visits.

Visit our San Francisco soapstone sinks, countertops, slabs, tiles and wood stove sales page.

New York & New Jersey Soapstone Countertops, Sinks and Slabs

By Our Locations, Soapstone Sinks, Soapstone Slabs, Soapstone Tile

New Jersey, Corporate Headquarters
M. Teixeira Soapstone
547 South Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
email: info@soapstones.com

p: (201) 444-0778
f: (201) 444-2616
Toll Free: (877) 478-8170
M-F : 8:30am to 5pm.
Saturdays: 9am to 2pm

To ensure the highest level of service, we recommend making an appointment for showroom visits.

We travel throughout the Northeast, providing custom soapstone installations and soapstone deliveries in the following locations…

  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • New York (NY)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • Vermont (VT)
  • Rhode Island (RI)
  • Massachusetts (MA)

Please contact us for a quote or more information.

Hackensack New Jersey is our corporate headquarters and shipping hub. Hackensack is located less than 10 miles from Manhattan, but don’t worry, it is not as crowded. Driving from out of state ? Give us your gas receipts for the day you come to see us, and we’ll credit it to your invoice.

We have the largest stock and variety of soapstone in North America, come see it for yourself ! We offer free shipping on some of our products, and have contracts with trucking companies to provide the most affordable shipping rates.

Visit our soapstone sinks, countertops, slabs, tiles and wood stove sales page.

How to Decorate Your Soapstone Kitchen Countertop

By Decorating, Soapstone, Soapstone Countertop Care

Now that you are enjoying your beautiful soapstone kitchen countertop it’s time to get to work, clear the clutter and enhance the look of your entire kitchen.

The first order of business is to stow away those appliance that you don’t use on a daily basis. The ones that come to mind include the bread maker, crock-pot, rice maker, espresso machine, and yes the George Forman grill. You know the culprits.

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Now that your space is cleared here are a few decorating ideas to get you started:

  • Candles always add warmth and coziness to any space. Purchase a pair of inexpensive glass hurricane lamps, add a candle, and surround it with materials that reflect the season. Cranberries, lentils, beans, sand, and coffee beans all look natural and beautiful.
  • Keep your dish soap in a soap dispenser or pretty glass bottle.
  • If you use bar soap next to your sink, take a small shallow dish, fill it with small pebbles or glass stones (from the craft store) to create a unique soap dish.
  • A small bouquet of fresh flowers will bring the outside inside. Also consider a few pots of herbs near the window.
  • A mini table-scape on the serving tray can be practical as well as decorative. Try two coffee cups, a sugar bowl, decorative napkins, and spoons. For wine lovers, a few wine glasses and a bottle of wine can do the trick.
  • A bowl or basket of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables such as apple, squash, oranges, peppers, lemons and limes can add a splash of color especially to corner spaces.

When you are all done, sit back and enjoy your new soapstone kitchen countertop.

How to Care and Maintain a Soapstone Countertop

By Soapstone, Soapstone Countertop Care

For those that want to enjoy the darker color of a soapstone countertop, mineral oil can be used to bring out the rich beauty of the stone. Once your soapstone countertop is installed you can follow these simple instructions:

1. Vacuum the countertop to remove any dust or dirt.
2. Clean the countertop with a clean cloth and denatured alcohol.
3. Once the alcohol dries apply mineral oil to the countertop with a soft cloth. Avoid making puddles of oil.
4. Wipe off any access with paper towel.
5. Continue to apply the oil twice a week until the desired patina and color is acquired.
6. Follow-up with an application every one to three months to maintain the desired effect.

M. Teixeira Soapstone has available for online purchase a lighter grade of mineral oil perfect for maintaining a soapstone countertop. You’ll find this oil much easier to apply than the standard drugstore mineral oil. Visit our online store where you can purchase Soapstone mineral oil.

M. Ieixeira Soapstone's Light Grade Mineral Oil for Maintaining Soapstone Countertops

Everything You Wanted to Know About Soapstone

By Soapstone, Soapstone 101

Whether you are considering soapstone for your countertops or floors you’ll want to know all about this beautiful stone.

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock. There are two different materials popularly called soapstone. The first being Talc, the softest mineral on earth, mostly used in the manufacturing of cosmetics, refractory materials, sculptures, and everyday items such as toothpaste, baby powder and even chewing gum. What we manufacture at M. Teixeira Soapstone is an alternate material known as steatite.

The rock steatite (also called soapstone) is the material we use for our countertops, sinks, masonry heaters, flooring, and many other architectural applications. Steatite was also used to “coat” the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Steatite is composed of several minerals, but the most abundant is talc. Steatite, because of its additives, is harder than talc, and hence suitable for the applications cited above. Soapstone (steatite) in its initial state only comes in shades of gray, unlike talc, which is available in a variety of colors.

This naturally quarried stone is softer than most other naturally occurring minerals. Although soft, soapstone is a very dense (non-porous) stone; more so than marble, slate, limestone and even granite. Since soapstone is impenetrable, it will not stain, no liquid will permeate its surface. Other stones, including granite, have a propensity to soil; this is why soapstone (steatite) is widely used in chemistry lab countertops and acid rooms.

Soapstone is used for sculpture, tile, and kitchen countertops, sinks, wall tile and even for woodstoves and fireplaces.

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