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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.

M Teixeira Soapstone to Exhibit at Coverings 2014 Trade Show

By Industry News, M Teixeira News

From April 29th to May 2nd, M Teixeira Soapstone will be exhibiting at Coverings 2014, a tile and stone trade show held in Las Vegas, NV. Coverings, in it’s’ 25th year, is designed to provide tile and stone businesses with information about the latest products/trends, improving employee performance, networking opportunities and sustainable products. Founder and President Roger Teixeira will be available at Booth #L2108 to answer any questions about M Teixeira Soapstone’s countertops, sinks and tile.

Learn more at www.coverings.com

Monsoon Wave Soapstone Arrives at our New Jersey (NJ) Showroom

By Industry News, Soapstone, Soapstone Slabs

If you are looking for beauty in nature, this soapstone will surely catch your eye. It features a very striking surface with lots of veining running through a dark background. This stone is a work of art and will be exquisite on any kitchen or bathroom countertop.

Monsoon Wave Soapstone - showing both oiled and unoiled sufaces

Monsoon Wave Soapstone – showing both oiled and unoiled sufaces

Monsoon Wave Soapstone from India - shown oiled

Monsoon Wave Soapstone from India – shown oiled

GOA Soapstone Arrives at our New Jersey (NJ) Showroom

By Industry News, Soapstone, Soapstone Slabs

We welcome a new variety to our soapstone collection this week called GOA. This soapstone is very similar to Julia Soapstone, which we no longer carry. The soapstone does not have very much veining but it has a beautiful flowing blend of dark tones. It’s a great option for those that want subtle looking soapstone.

GOA Soapstone - Showing both oiled an unoiled surfaces

GOA Soapstone – Showing both oiled an unoiled surfaces

GOA (India) with Oil

GOA (India) with Oil

Soapstone Dry Wax Conditioner

By Industry News, Soapstone Countertop Care

Soapstone Dry Wax Conditioner
Our new soapstone dry wax conditioner will provide a lovely low luster finish as an alternative to the traditional mineral oil application.

Our unique formulated soapstone maintenance product is made from food grade Walnut Oil and T1 Carnauba Wax. There are no solvents added which means no VOS’s (volatile organic chemical). Many of our customers find this product easier to apply than mineral oil. The product maintains a nice dark color but results will vary from stone to stone.

You can purchase this product through our soapstone online store.

M Teixeira Soapstone Kitchen Sink Featured on Calfinder.com

By Decorating, Industry News, Soapstone Sinks

We were pleased to learn that our soapstone sink products were featured on Calfinder.com, a web site that connects homeowners with contractors. According to recent article on soapstone kitchen sinks posted on the site, “High durability and low maintenance make M. Teixeira Soapstone’s washbasins sought-after, especially now that the natural stone is making a comeback.” The articles reinforces the durability and longevity of soapstone. Our soapstone kitchen sinks are carved from a solid block of quality soapstone.

Visit M. Teixeira Soapstone Northern California Soapstone Showroom

By Industry News, Our Locations

Our Northern California showroom located in San Fransico California has a great wide range of soapstone slabs, sinks, and tiles on hand. Kitchen and bathroom designers and decorator shop our showroom for the best values in soapstone countertops, sinks, tile, and slabs. This showroom locations serves the entire Northern California area from Mendocino to Santa Clara county and surrounding areas. Delivery to your california home or business can be easily arranged with our customer service represenative.

For more information and directions visit our California location page.


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