Soapstone is a metamorphic rock composed mainly of the talc mineral which is smooth and soft to the touch. This rock type can be millions of years old depending its geographic location. It has been used for many years in sinks for classrooms and labs as well as on tables and countertops. Soapstone exudes a rich deep color that darkens with age.
Unlike granite, marble and slate, soapstone is completely unaffected by acidic and alkaline substances which means that chemicals and cleaners will not cause it to deteriorate. It also does not pick up stains as easily as with other countertop types. The surface may sometimes appear to be stained, however spills in whatever form whether it be wine, food, drinks and other substances normally causing stains, never penetrate below the surface. This makes it great for use on countertops since in most kitchens; stains are an important factor to consider when choosing any material for everyday use.
Some characteristics of this stone are that it has incredible heat retention properties, making it useful in ovens, fireplaces and pizza liners as well. There are possibilities however of cracking in soapstone due to some imperfections in the stone. When this happens, the whole countertop is normally replaced which can be extremely expensive. There are however, products like Countertops-R-New™ Kitchen & Bathroom Countertop Renewer Kit which can completely rejuvenate the look and feel of damaged Soapstone countertops. It fills in the cracks and smoothes away any imperfections on the surface in no time. Before throwing hundreds of dollars away on a replacement Soapstone countertop, get the best professional restoration kit available that will rejuvenate your entire Soapstone countertop.