Do's and Don'ts on Soapstone Countertops

Do's and Don'ts on Soapstone Countertops

If you are lucky enough to have soapstone countertops, it is important you know how to take care of them to keep them beautiful and help them last. At 5280 Stone, we are Denver's premier stone fabricators, and we know how to help you take care of your soapstone countertops.

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What Is Soapstone?

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock that gets its name from its soapy feel. Soapstone is made up of talc and other minerals, which give it a smooth, non-porous surface. This makes soapstone an ideal material for countertops and other surfaces where you don't want food or other liquids to get trapped. Soapstone is also heat-resistant, making it a good choice for kitchens, fireplaces, and wood stoves. Soapstone is a natural stone that has been used for centuries as a material for countertops.

Being a natural stone, it gives off a rustic look and is extremely durable. People like soapstone not only for its aesthetic but also because it is environmentally friendly. Extracting the stone does not damage the earth, and since it is natural it can be recycled.

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Cleaning Soapstone

If you're considering soapstone counters for your house, you're not alone. This natural stone has been gaining in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Soapstone is extremely durable and easy to care for, making it a great choice for busy families. Plus, it has a unique look that can make your kitchen stand out. Since soapstone is non-porous it is hard to stain the countertop from daily use.

You should always immediately clean up any spills to ensure the counter is kept clean. Soapstone is a natural stone, so it is important to use gentle cleaners that won’t damage the surface. You can use a mild dish soap or a stone cleaner specifically designed for soapstone. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbers, as these can scratch the surface of the soapstone; instead use a soft cloth or sponge. When cleaning, always wipe in the direction of the grain to avoid dulling the finish. With proper care, your soapstone counters will stay looking beautiful for many years to come.

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Soapstone Maintenance

Although soapstone is considered low maintenance, there are some things you can do, and some things to avoid, to keep your countertops in peak condition. Soapstone is a dense and durable material, however, it is prone to scratching. 5280 Stone suggests that you always use a cutting board. Cutting directly onto the countertop is bad for the stone and can leave bad scuffs and scratches.

Since soapstone is a non-absorbant stone that has high density, sealing your countertop is not needed, and should not be done. Although if you want to darken your soapstone countertops and keep them looking unified, it is recommended to use mineral oil. You will want to find a food-safe grade mineral oil and apply it every few months.

Since soapstone is heat resistant it is also okay to set your hot pots and pans directly on the counter without fear of scorching them. This is one of the many reasons soapstone is perfect for your kitchen.

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Choose the Premiere Denver Stone Fabricators

5280 Stone is the top stone fabricator for all of Northern Colorado. We have the expertise and knowledge to not only help you pick and care for your soapstone counters but to have them expertly installed to your satisfaction. We have a large variety of countertops to choose from and welcome you to our showroom floor to see our soapstone in person. We have the best countertop fabricators and installers and can help you pick the perfect stone to add to your home.

Work With Our Countertop Fabricators and Installers

5280 Stone is here to help you find and install the perfect soapstone countertops for your home. Soapstone is easy to care for, durable, and looks great. Contact us today to learn more.

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