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Soapstone Sinks

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.

New Beeswax & Mineral Oil Soapstone Treatment

By New Soapstone Products, Soapstone Sinks

IMG_1162Our new soapstone treatment is the best way to beautifully age your new soapstone. This treatment is a 100% food-safe blend of beeswax and mineral oil. Many new soapstone owners treat their stone with mineral oil alone, which provides a moderate seal. We work hard on sourcing the finest soapstone available, so we wanted to provide a soapstone treatment of the highest quality while keeping the treatment natural. The Beeswax & Mineral Oil Soapstone Treatment is available for purchase from our online store in both 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes.

Adding beeswax to the mineral oil increases the staying power of the treatment by providing a stronger seal and a longer-lasting, subtle shine. This treatment will also help to lessen the time that new soapstone takes to darken to its aged glory.

Try it for yourself to see the difference in your soapstone countertop, sink, tiles, or fireplace!

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.

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.

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