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5 Benefits of Soapstone Countertops & Sinks

By Industry News, Soapstone Countertop, Soapstone Sinks

We love everything about soapstone, and especially recommend it for renovating kitchen countertops and sinks. Explore our five top reasons why soapstone is one of the best choices for your indoor and outdoor kitchen surfaces.

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1) Soapstone Resists Bacteria and Stains

The nonporous, stain-resistant properties of soapstone make it ideal for kitchen surfaces. This dense material doesn’t harbor bacteria, so you can easily wipe germs and contaminants from your countertop, sink, and backsplash. Large stone slabs allow for installation of continuous or seamless countertops for even easier cleaning.

Soapstone’s nonporous qualities also mean you don’t have to worry about countertops staining from wine, coffee, juice, or any other persistent spill or splatter—nothing is able to soak in, and if any marks do appear, a quick oil treatment can solve the problem.

Soapstone is also heat-resistant: Hot cookware can be set directly on your countertops without scorching the surface, and soapstone is not susceptible to heat-related cracking. Additionally, you can use it for outdoor kitchen surfaces without hot grill utensils or sparks ruining your countertops.

2) Soapstone Counters Are Low Maintenance

Soapstone has been used to create carvings, cookware, and household materials for centuries. This natural material has lasting power, a benefit to homeowners looking for a reliable option for their renovation project. Because of the talc in its composition, soapstone is more malleable and less brittle than other natural stones, so it does not crack or chip from temperature or pressure changes. Soapstone’s density ensures countertops hold up well in high-use kitchen and bathroom areas. If you do encounter a scratch or nick, a light sanding followed by mineral oil or wax treatment can hide the mark with little effort. This easy care routine means soapstone is an excellent choice for commercial uses, as well.

3) Soapstone Cleans Without Chemicals

Choosing soapstone for your kitchen countertops ensures that you can keep harsh chemicals and solvents out of your food prep areas. The stone does not need specialty sealants applied because it is naturally nonporous and sealed.

As for cleaning up messes and stuck-on food spills,  skip the harsh cleaners: Liquid or other spills can’t penetrate the nonporous surface, so it’s as easy as wiping away the mess. Rather than coat your kitchen in heavy chemicals, choose your favorite natural or mild cleaner to clean and freshen your soapstone countertops without introducing unnecessary toxins into your kitchen.

4) Soapstone Surfaces Radiate Heat

Soapstone’s thermal properties allow it to absorb, hold, and radiate heat from its environment. This is one reason why soapstone is an ideal material for high temperature applications, including tile floors and firebricks. In fact, soapstone improves your fireplace efficiency by absorbing heat and releasing it into the room slowly for hours, keeping your space more comfortable, longer.

This same absorption and release applies to many areas of your kitchen, including keeping dish water warmer, longer in a soapstone kitchen sink versus in an average stainless steel basin. Soapstone’s temperature absorption also creates a natural warmth that helps to quickly thaw frozen foods.

5) Soapstone Ages Beautifully

Beyond the practical benefits of soapstone, this beautiful, natural stone is an attractive option in traditional and modern spaces. It develops a natural patina through daily use. Applying a mineral oil or wax is an easy way to speed up soapstone’s aging process to achieve a darker sheen more quickly. The rich coloring means your soapstone surfaces get even better as they age—unlike other surfaces that show wear and tear and need resurfacing or replacement.

These are some of our top reasons for choosing soapstone for your countertops and sinks. Remember, the benefits of soapstone countertops and sinks don’t just apply to your indoor kitchen; soapstone is also a great material for outdoor kitchens for its durability and thermal properties. Check out our other articles about soapstone, its uses, history, and how to transform your space, or explore a Forbes article, written by Sheri Koones, for a great overview of the benefits of using soapstone for indoor or outdoor countertops.

Modern Marble Renovation in a Trendy Brooklyn Home

By M Teixeira News, Soapstone Countertop
Calacatta Marble by M Teixeira Soapstone

Photography by Max Burkhalter

One of our favorite marble renovation projects we worked on with New York-based fashion stylist Katie Mossman. The finished remodel of her stunning Brooklyn home was featured in Architectural Digest. She wanted to invoke the essence of sunny Baja, California, and it’s safe to say she succeeded. The bright and airy space features many mid-century modern pieces, which are elevated by high ceilings, smooth and modern stone, and a delightful neutral-white color palette.

We had the pleasure of fabricating and installing several marble pieces in this magazine-worthy home, each one competing for the title of pièce de résistance. Read about the work we completed—including a marble kitchen island, fireplace mantel, and bathroom remodel—and explore ideas and inspiration for how to incorporate these stone elements in your own home build or remodel.

Cozy, Custom Marble Fireplace Surround

In Katie Mossman’s renovated living space, the marble fireplace installation provides a gentle focal point and anchor for the seating area, which features her most-loved chair collection. The breathtaking white Arabescato marble fireplace was fabricated with just the right touch of gray veining to add movement and visual interest to the space. Though modern in design, this fireplace installation suggests coziness and comfort.

Incorporate this look in your home: For your remodel, consider using soapstone firebrick to improve the heat efficiency, and complete your design with a fireplace mantel as the installation’s centerpiece.

Modern Marble Kitchen Island & Countertop

A modern kitchen isn’t complete without an island, and with the right marble countertop installation, you can infuse a space with just-right energy. For example, Katie’s Calacatta Gold marble island just begs you to serve a California cocktail: The straight lines and edges of this island are at home in this space that pays homage to the past while staying very current and trendy. The gray veining in this particular stone is more open and free-flowing, which plays very nicely with its straight edges.

In your own home remodel, consider how your kitchen island choice will communicate your own style. Whether you prefer a darker-hued natural stone for a cozier feel, a bright carrera marble for a classic, clean look, or wish to convey a breezy, carefree vibe using a low-maintenance, stately soapstone countertop for your island, a fabricated natural stone has the power to show off your style and personality. Create layers of dimension: Stone pairs wonderfully with natural wood elements to accent your cabinets and floor tiles.

Custom-Fabricated Marble Fixtures for a Bathroom Remodel

The most impressive stone installation in Katie Mossman’s renovation was the marble bathroom remodel. We used the same Arabescato marble in the bathroom as we did on the fireplace, and with a stone floor, counters, and bathtub, the room feels luxurious. Our custom fabrication created a seamless look.

A marble bathroom renovation—whether in floor-to-ceiling installations or small, decorative touches—puts your own personal stamp on the space. Choose a modern marble bathroom countertop or soapstone sink for an upscale, timeless look in any bathroom remodel. Our experience with fabrication and installation for tile floors, countertops, and fixtures means we can work with you to make your custom design and installation shine.

View more photos of Katie’s beautiful renovation in the full Architectural Digest article to see what a stunning marble renovation can do in any space. If you have an idea for your own soapstone or marble renovation, get in touch with our experienced designers or request a quote today and get started on your journey to create your dream home.

We’d love to help you learn more about soapstone and marble custom remodel options. See more of our successful stone fabrication and installations for renovation projects on our blog or our Commercial Portfolio.

M. Teixeira DIY Soapstone Countertop Project Featured in Fine Homebuilding Magazine

By DIY Soapstone Countertops, Soapstone Countertop

Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s recent article, “Home Buyers Love Splurges in the Kitchen,” suggested that homeowners invest in high quality kitchen finishes before putting their home on the market. The kitchen has long been known as the heart of the home, and this sentiment is true whether your house is going on the market or will be kept in the family for years to come. M. Teixeira’s DIY Soapstone Countertop was used in Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s ProHOME kitchen for its durability and elegance. The kitchen featured is a mix between modern and traditional, which showcases soapstone’s ability to flawlessly blend with and accentuate any design aesthetic.

DIY soapstone countertopSome homeowners shy away from natural stones because they believe the cost isn’t within their budget. Soapstone is an affordable option, but can be even more affordable if you use M. Teixeira’s DIY Soapstone Countertop kits. More than half of the cost of soapstone counters comes from labor, which makes our DIY kits a smart choice for pennywise homeowners.

M. Teixeira’s DIY Soapstone Countertop selection ranges from complete DIY to fully fabricated, so no matter your skill set or tool collection, you can save money on renovating your kitchen, outdoor area, or bathroom counters. For those who may second guess their ability to tackle this project, we’ll even give you a practice piece to try before you commit to the full kit. Take a look at M. Teixeira’s DIY options today to get started on building the natural soapstone countertop you’ve always wanted!

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Just Arrived in Virginia! Stormy Black, Belvedere Soapstone & Alberene Soapstone

By DIY Soapstone Countertops, New Arrivals, Soapstone Countertop

We just received a new shipment of Belvedere Soapstone slabs in our Washington Metro Virginia location.  Come visit our showroom and soapstone slab yard to get the best selection.

 

Stormy Black Soapstone

 

Stormy Black Soapstone

 

Church Hill Soapstone

 

Church Hill Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone Closeup

Stormy Black Soapstone is a very tradition soapstone. Once treated with mineral oil the stone darkens and the beautiful veining shines through. Check out Roger Teixeira’s video describing this beautiful stone.

Belvedere Soapstone is very unique and if often chosen for contemporary applications.

Alberene Soapstone is a classic traditional soapstone that comes from the Alberene Quarry in Virginia. View owner Roger Teixeira’s video describing this classic stone.

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Just Arrived in Denver! Super White Quartzite and Belvedere Soapstone

By DIY Soapstone Countertops, New Arrivals, Soapstone Countertop

We just received a new shipment of Belvedere Soapstone slabs in our Denver Colorado location. Come visit our showroom and soapstone slab yard to get the best selection.

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Super White Quartzite

Belvedere Soapstone is very unique and if often chosen for contemporary applications.

Super White Quartzite has that classic look of Marble, but is more durable and easier to maintain.

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Just Arrived in New Jersey! Stormy Black Soapstone and Belvedere Soapstone

By New Arrivals, Soapstone Countertop, Soapstone Slabs

We just received a new shipment of Stormy Black Soapstone and Belvedere Soapstone slabs. Come visit our showroom and soapstone slab yard to get the best selection.

Stormy Black Soapstone
Stormy Black Soapstone
Belvedere Soapstone
Belvedere Soapstone

Stormy Black Soapstone is a very tradition soapstone. Once treated with mineral oil the stone darkens and the beautiful veining shines through. Check out Roger Teixeira’s video describing this beautiful stone.

Belvedere Soapstone is very unique and is often chosen for contemporary applications.

Our New Soapstone Kitchen Visualizer – Explore Endless Possibilities

By DIY Soapstone Countertops, M Teixeira News, New Soapstone Products, Soapstone Backsplash, Soapstone Countertop

Envision Your Dream Kitchen

The kitchen is the focal point and heart of any home, where functionality and aesthetics come together to embody your personal taste and style. Release your inner designer with our easy-to-use Kitchen Visualizer. Whether you have a small or large kitchen, designing a new kitchen can be overwhelming, but this new tool will help you take the guesswork out of the design process and your new kitchen plan.

From Inspiration to Reality

When you first make the choice to upgrade or remodel your kitchen, you probably begin your search for inspiration. You bookmark blog posts and kitchen galleries or save magazine clippings of kitchen pictures. Perhaps you have a friend or relative who recently remodeled their kitchen and you find yourself imagining it in your home. At a certain point throughout this process, you have ideas of your favorite kitchen design ideas, and then you hit an inspiration roadblock. You like the wall color in one image, the counters in another…

Bring Your Kitchen Design Elements Together

M. Teixeira’s new Kitchen Visualizer is here to help! Bring your favorite design elements together in one easy place. With a few clicks, our easy online tool lets you build your dream custom kitchen with soapstone countertops and backsplash. Don’t give in to the roadblock, use our interactive guide to help you visualize the kitchen of your dreams!

Soapstone Kitchen VisualizerEasy to Use Features

This great new web tool allows you to quickly and easily choose your favorite kitchen design elements in one place. Our visualizer also allows you to print, email, or save your designs.

Choose from a variety of applications, such as:

  • Countertop
  • Backsplash
  • Appliance finish
  • Flooring
  • Cabinet style
  • Cabinet color
  • Wall color

See For Yourself

Our Kitchen Visualizer is right at your fingertips to help you create the kitchen of your dreams – get started today!

About Classic & Sophisticated Barroca Soapstone

By M Teixeira News, Soapstone, Soapstone Countertop
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Each of our nationwide warehouses has been receiving gorgeous soapstone slabs from the Barroca quarry. The stone pictured here is from a recent lot of Barroca™ soapstone from this region and shows the traditional, quiet design that’s often quarried from this location. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from this classic stone in kitchen or bathroom applications. Choosing Barroca soapstone brings a refined look and beneficial characteristics to your home, plus you’ll love our options to customize your pieces using our fabrication services.

What Is Barroca Soapstone?

Barroca soapstone is a metamorphic rock variety quarried in the Mariana region of Brazil. This part of the world is abundant in minerals and is known for producing some of the most classic-looking soapstones. The average composition of Barroca soapstone slabs is nearly 50% talc, so it is ideal for architectural uses in home furnishings and fixtures. Trust that natural slabs from the Barroca quarry have all of the nonporous, nonabsorbent, heat-resistant characteristics you’ve come to expect from soapstone.

What Does Barroca Soapstone Look Like?

Barroca soapstone is called a “classic soapstone” because of its traditional gray appearance. These beautiful light gray slabs turn to a rich black after oil or wax treatment, and they also darken with natural aging. Barroca veining has a quieter, more understated look than other stone varieties. Carbonite veining occurs when a metamorphic rock is formed and is influenced by pressure and force and varies slightly slab-to-slab. View our current selection of Barroca soapstone to see the magnificent variances a single quarry provides, from almost no veining to thin, but noticeable, lines. 

Best Uses for Barroca Soapstone 

When it comes to where to use Barroca soapstone, it’s a perfect option to add sophistication and style to your kitchen countertops, backsplash, tile flooring, and any other area, inside or out. This natural gray material can be used as a focal point bringing out its fine black finish or downplayed for a complementary natural element in your home’s design. Beyond its look, Barroca soapstone offers heat-resistance, strength, anti-bacterial, and non-porous qualities, perfect when installed in your kitchen, bath, or outdoor living space.

Kitchen Countertops Crafted of Barroca Soapstone

Kitchen countertops made from Barroca soapstone slabs are as durable as they are eye-catching. Because the slabs from this quarry have slightly more subtle veining, it is ideal for covering large areas while still letting other design elements in your home stand out. Its resistance to stains and heat are often why Barroca soapstone is chosen for kitchens. You can trust that your countertops are naturally sealed against bacteria, keeping food prep areas free from harsh cleaners, sealers, and solvents, plus hot pans can be set down on the surface without leaving a mark! 

Add a Barroca Soapstone Backsplash

Not only does Barroca soapstone give your kitchen a sophisticated look with its light gray coloring, but it protects your walls very effectively because it is nonporous. This stone won’t absorb any liquids, so it won’t stain from food splatter. It’s also heat resistant so you can use it continuously through your whole kitchen—including behind your stovetop and appliances—without worrying about heat-transfer damage. Installing this subtle gray as an uninterrupted backsplash provides sleek styling with practical protection while ensuring other featured materials in your kitchen don’t lose focus. 

Spa-Like Barroca Soapstone Bathroom Installations

Choose Barroca for your bathroom applications for its nonporous and thermal qualities. Since the stone will not absorb liquids, it ensures surfaces remain hygienic without a lot of extra scrubbing, and you won’t have to rely on harsh cleaners to remove germs. Using soapstone for your soaking tub really highlights this stone’s thermal abilities, too—the nature of the stone means that the tub will lock in and radiate heat to keep bath water warmer for longer than other tubs. Additionally, Barroca bathroom floor tiles have a natural softness that is satisfying and soft underfoot, and it doesn’t become slippery when wet, providing a safe solution for moisture-rich environments.

Create Designer Accent Elements Using Barroca Soapstone

This soapstone’s semi-neutral coloring allows it to effectively accent or complement other design elements in your home. The soft gray natural stone pairs easily with white cabinets or dark countertops. You can install this soapstone variety as a small prep area countertop or coffee bar without overshadowing another stone meant to be the focus. Age the soapstone’s appearance by oiling for darker accent pieces. Barroca offers plenty of flexibility to mesh with any change in your home design. 

Custom Barroca Soapstone Design, Fabrication, and Installation

We’re happy to offer full services for your Barroca soapstone project, including slab selection, custom fabrication, and installation to suit your design vision. Barroca is perfect both indoors and outdoors, so there’s no end to the possibilities, with options for custom countertop edging, cut-to-size DIY kits, integrated sinks designs, and specialty carving.
There are many looks you can achieve from Barroca soapstone from varying the mineral treatments to custom fabrication details—let us know what you have in mind or request a quote today. Visit our blog for renovation inspiration, soapstone projects we’ve completed, and options to spark your own home renovation ideas.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Soapstone Kitchen Backsplash

By Soapstone Backsplash, Soapstone Countertop
Kitchen installation with solid soapstone backsplash and countertops

Get the most out of your kitchen renovation by installing a natural soapstone backsplash, an affordable way to add value to your home and bring longevity to your remodel. Traditional subway tiles and man-made materials can be costly and difficult to install. An earth- and budget-friendly soapstone backsplash enhances the look of your kitchen while improving its function and durability.

1) A Soapstone Backsplash Protects Your Renovated Walls

Avoid needing to touch up your renovation later by installing a natural stone backsplash. It protects your walls from dirt, moisture, and prevents mildew-causing bacteria from forming—it’s extra insurance that your renovation will last. Even if you’re careful, it’s inevitable that some amount of food splatter or water spray will hit your walls. Once it soaks in, there isn’t much you can do. When you install a solid stone backsplash, the splatter can’t penetrate the nonporous material so you can easily wipe it clean or dry it to prevent stains, water damage, bacteria growth in the wall materials. 

2) Soapstone Is an Easy-Maintenance Backsplash Option

One of the best benefits of a soapstone backsplash is its easy maintenance. Whether you choose subway tiles or install a solid slab backsplash, this natural material does not require sealant. You can apply mineral oil on your backsplash and soapstone countertops to speed up the natural aging process or leave them as-is. Either way, the nonporous surfaces are stain proof and resist moisture, and scuffs and damage are easy to sand or smooth out, making soapstone a long-lasting choice for any kitchen renovation.

3) Soapstone Is a Durable Backsplash Material

Soapstone is also a top-choice material for a kitchen update because of its timeless durability. The kitchen is one of the most-used spaces in your home, so it is important to choose a stone backsplash that can withstand such a heavy-use area. Soapstone gives you the durability you’re looking for without a hefty budget. It’s resistant to scuffs, won’t crack like glass or ceramic tiles, and is inexpensive to repair scratches with mineral oil or a light sanding. Soapstone’s heat resistance means it can safely be installed behind all your countertop appliances and range without worrying about damage due to heat transfer. Pair your backsplash with a soapstone kitchen sink for a high-performing, low-maintenance duo.

4) Backsplash Tiles Look Designer Without the Cost

Soapstone backsplash tiles are an affordable way to update your kitchen with a custom look. Explore soapstone mosaic tiles in subway, hexagon, or herringbone shapes for a designer feel that adds interest to your space. A shaped tile backsplash pairs nicely with any solid soapstone countertop or floor tile. Choosing tile for your backsplash gives you flexibility when installing a shorter backsplash or fitting into smaller areas. Tiles also give you opportunities to customize your look by installing horizontally or vertically, choosing your tile pattern, spacing, and grout style. 

5) Slab Soapstone Backsplashes Continuously Impress

For an all-out kitchen update that won’t break your budget, shop soapstone backsplash slabs. The continuous stone is sleek and contemporary with minimal grout lines or interruptions. Slabs are often used in modern kitchens but can be a dramatic pairing with toned-down cabinets or rustic styles too. Order your soapstone sample pack to choose your perfect color. Solid soapstone is extra sleek while soapstone with veined lines is a fantastic, affordable design element to naturally draw the eye and become a focal point of your kitchen. For a bold kitchen update, install matching soapstone countertops too. 

Soapstone is a favorite material whether you’re doing a total kitchen overhaul or a modest update. The durable, long-lasting material is a smart way to add value to your home. Choose tile or a  continuous slab backslash to get a look you love without sacrificing function or durability, or request a quote for installing custom soapstone countertops to complete the look. Explore our blog for more soapstone information and inspiration.

Monsoon Wave Soapstone Countertop Project

By Decorating, Soapstone Countertop, Soapstone Slabs

We just heard from one of our customers in upstate New York that installed our beautful Monsoon Wave soapstone countertop. We wanted to share with you the photos she sent us of her new kitchen.

“We are very, very happy with the counter and with everyone we dealt with at Teixeira–with the entire experience, in fact, from my first contact with you–your patient responses to my questions, our visit to Hackensack to choose the stone, the promptness and courtesy of your workmen on the scheduled days at our house and most of all their gorgeous workmanship! Everyone was so nice from beginning to end.” – Miriam B., Chappaqua, New York

Monsoon Wave Soapstone Kitchen Countertop
Monsoon Wave Soapstone Countertop with Built-In Drainboard

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