Frequently Asked Questions
Where Does Soapstone Come From?
Soapstone is quarried from Brazil, India, Finland, Switzerland, and the USA. Brazil is the #1 producer of soapstone.
Do You Recommend Oiling Soapstone?
We recommend oiling soapstone to help the stone darken evenly, and enhance the natural aging process the soapstone goes through. The oil is not a protectant nor does the stone need to be protected.
What Happens If You Do Not Oil the Soapstone?
The stone will naturally darken unevenly, with time. It will appear more noticeably around the sink and countertop areas (those used more frequently). Leaving soapstone untreated, it will develop a rustic look which many clients prefer. The stone can always be oiled later on if the untreated results are not desirable.
Can I Place Hot Pots On My Soapstone Countertops?
Yes you can, soapstone is not affected by heat. We actually make cookware, firebricks and wood burning stoves out of soapstone.
Where's Soapstone From?
Soapstone is quarried in Brazil, India, Finland, Switzerland, and the USA. Brazil is currently the #1 producer of soapstone.
Is All Soapstone the Same?
Nope! This natural stone varies in color, hardness, and purity from deposit to deposit.
What Color Is Soapstone?
It's a darker natural stone and comes in shades of grayish to green to blues, and charcoal gray. Random markings include white veining, shades of green, amber or beige in the shape of veins or other formations.
Will My Soapstone Counters Get Scratched?
Yes they will, however most scratches can be hidden by applying mineral oil. Deep scratches, that are less likely to occur, can be sanded off with little effort and time.
Does It Stain?
It is impenetrable, no liquid will permeate the surface and it will not stain. It is also unharmed by acids found in many household cleaners, and does not harbor bacteria like other more porous surfaces.
Is Soapstone Resistant To Acids, Bases and Common Household Cleaning Agents?
Yes, soapstone is resistant to acids and bases and is impervious to cleaning solutions like Lysol and those containing acids and alcohols. Even the harshest of cleaners used to sterilize surfaces won’t cause any harm or damage to soapstone
How Heavy Is Soapstone, In Comparison To Other Materials?
It is slightly heavier than granite due to its high density. Our soapstone counter tops at 1.25″ thickness are 20lbs./sq.ft. compared to granite which is 18lbs/sq.ft..
What Is Soapstone Used For?
Backsplashes, bathroom vanities, bathtubs, benches, bowls, cooking pots, countertops, fireplaces, fireplace fireboxes, fireplace surrounds, floors, furnaces, lintels, pizza stones, planters, sculptures, shower stalls, sinks, table tops, and window sills. If you can imagine it, you can probably use soapstone.
How Do I Clean My Granite Countertop?
Polished granite should receive the same cleaning care as polished marble, preferably using a specially formulated daily granite cleaner or using a mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish-soap, which contains no aromatics, followed by a thorough rinsing and drying. If you are going to go with just plain soap and water, keep in mind that this can lead to soap build up. This, in turn, may dull your countertop’s finish. We recommend using a prescribed daily granite cleaner. When using a daily granite cleaner, let it sit for about 30 seconds and then wipe it off well using a soft cloth.
What’s the Best Way of Removing Stains?
When a stain is unavoidable, taking steps to remove stains from marble tile is a fairly simple procedure. The same reason marble is susceptible to staining is the same reason it’s a straightforward process to remove them – marble is porous. A procedure called ‘poulticing’ is a great way to remove stains by literally drawing the stain up from your marble and into another material – a mixture of a reducing agent soaked into a cloth or papertowels is the most basic variety of poultice. The best methods should always be measured against the kind of stain you’ve got. Once again, the best source of knowledge on this is your local marble dealer who can advise on what procedure to use on what types of materials which have stained your marble.
What’s the Best Way To Keep Marble Tile Clean?
The best way to keep marble clean is to incorporate removal of dirt, grit, and other materials that are tracked in from outdoors. Many of these substances can cause minute scratches on the surface of your marble which can become noticeable over time. So, it’s best to make sure that the surface of the marble is clear with a damp cloth, soft broom, or vacuum as regularly as you can. Clean up liquid spills immediately, particularly if they are acidic in nature. Fruit juice is particularly problematic, as is coffee and red wine, because of their tendency to stain. Even if you’ve sealed your marble, it’s a good idea not to take any chances. Clear spills right away. Don’t use bleach, vinegar, or any harsh acidic-based cleaners as these will degrade the surface of your marble over time.
Are Sealers Really Necessary?
Absolutely. Marble is a porous material, which means that any liquids which spill onto the surface tend to leech into the body of the marble. This can negatively affect how your marble will look over time. A sealer, or an impregnator as it is also known, can make sure that any materials remain on the surface of the marble, until you clean it off, of course. This is the best way to make sure that your marble retains its original look for as long as possible. Talk to your local outlet about which products to use and how long to leave them before sealing your marble again. Always read the labels of the products you buy, take safety precautions where necessary, and follow instructions carefully.
Does Granite Stain?
All stone, is porous to some extent, but granite has very little porosity. The only caveat is that a few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact. For example, a puddle of water left on the counter for 30 minutes for some colors, may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away. This spot will then dry up and no evidence will show. Only a few colors demonstrate this trait. Your countertop will be sealed after they are installed. Also if a daily granite cleaner is used you may find that you don’t have to re-seal the counters as often because granite cleaner contains some sealer and every time the countertops are cleaned they are also being sealed at the same time.
What Areas Are Most Appropriate For Marble Installation?
Marble is an extremely versatile natural stone, used in high traffic areas like commercial foyers and hallways, as well as in residential kitchens. Use of marble in these areas and others is one which is attached to the classical era – Ancient Greece and Rome – but also to the Ancient Aztecs, who used marble for similar purposes thousands of miles away. These cultures used marble as a staple item in their architectural traditions, because of its natural beauty and resilience.
Can I Cut On My Granite Countertop?
We do not recommend using your countertop surface as a cutting board because granite is harder than your knife blades and will dull them very quickly. Always cut and chop on a wooden, glass or plastic cutting board.