The Basics of Soapstone
Soapstone is steadily gaining popularity as one of the best materials to use for countertops, stone fireplaces, sinks, and more. Due to its impervious qualities, soapstone has also been used to fabricate chemistry lab tops, acid room sinks, and lab shelving (fun fact: M. Teixeira Soapstone has supplied soapstone to many high schools in the NY area). Read on to learn all about our favorite stone.
Soapstone Is a Natural Stone
Soapstone (also known as Steatite) is a metamorphic rock that consists primarily of talc. Depending on the quarry from which it is sourced, it also contains varying amounts of other minerals such as micas, chlorite, amphiboles, quartz, magnesite and carbonates. It is a relatively soft, very dense, highly heat-resistant material.
Check Authenticity Before You Buy
Unfortunately, fake soapstone can be found from numerous sources. Currently, there are several forms of slates that are being wrongfully advertised as soapstone. This is an international issue in the soapstone market, and we wrote an entire blog post on the subject. You can read the blog post here to educate yourself prior to purchasing.