What is Soapstone
Soapstone is made up of mineral deposits created by nature and quarried
from the earth. The main mineral components in soapstone include talc,
chlorite, dolomite and magnesite, giving a warm, soft feeling to the touch.
Soapstone has a unique soft color with light flowing veins. When
cut, it oxidizes from light grey to dark charcoal in color. A protective
coat of mineral oil makes its color even more dramatic.
For centuries, soapstone has been quarried and used throughout the world.
Soapstone was traditionally used in colonial New England for fireplace
hearths, sinks, countertops, and wood stoves.
In addition to soapstones traditional uses, it is currently used
for stair treads, balusters, sills, island tops and mixing bowls. Because
of its unparalleled heat retention characteristics, it is the perfect
choice for cookware, cook tops, oven floors, masonry heaters and fireplace
liners. After soapstone is initially heated from burning wood, pellets
or coal, it slowly radiates the heat evenly for hours even after
the fire is out! Soapstone can also be used for carving and sculpture.
Soapstone fits perfectly when it comes to achieving a rustic
or old fashioned look. It also integrates well with modern
designs, and is offered with many edge treatments and surface finishes.
The addition of soapstone adds value and elegance to any building project.
Practically indestructible, Soapstone is an excellent alternative natural
stone to use in place of granite or marble. Soapstone won't burn or
stain and requires very little maintenance. Soapstones are inert. This
means that acids and alkalis will not etch soapstone as they will other
stones. For decades, soapstone has been used extensively in laboratories
and science classrooms for sinks, flooring, and work surfaces. Its durable
and dense composition make it ideal for these applications.