Soapstone Information

Soapstone (also known as steatite or soaprock) is a metamorphic rock, a talc-schist. It is largely composed of the mineral talc and is rich in magnesium. It is produced by dynamothermal metamorphismand metasomatism, which occurs at the areas where tectonic plates are subducted, changing rocks by heat and pressure, with influx of fluids, but without melting. It has been a medium for carving for thousands of years.

Soapstone has been used for hundreds of years in fireplaces, countertops and sinks. As a countertop material it is an obvious choice because of its ease of workability and durability.

Soapstone is non-porous. Because of its density and with mineral oil applied as a further protective topcoat it is virtually stain-proof. After installation soapstone is often oiled with mineral oil. It will then patinate to a deep black matte finish with the beauty of natural stone markings. Surface scratches can be repaired with the application of mineral oil or an occasional light sanding.The use of this beautiful, natural and time honored material will make any project a source of great pride and enjoyment 

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~ by Lucas Rocha on September 8, 2008.

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