Soapstone / Oil – Instructions

After working with soapstone for a while I set some simple instructions to prepare and oil your soapstone. Before my instructions I want to remember that soapstone is non-porous, which makes it completely stain resistant. It’s a perfect material for fireplaces and wood-stoves because naturally conducts and disperses heat.

Is impermeable, nothing penetrates the surface. Mineral oil does not seal or protect the stone; it would be impossible to apply a chemical sealer to the surface of the stone as its impermeable. Sealers only work on marble, granite and other porous stones.

Water, grease and oils will cause oxidize the stone, which darkens the stone’s color and really brings out its natural beauty. To help expedite oxidation of the stone, we recommend that you treat it with mineral oil from time to time. The process will keep oxidation uniform across the surface. There are no set rules for how often you should oil your countertop I am just giving the steps that I usually do and approve.

1 – OILING PREPARATION

Use a sponge and clean water to wipes away any dust residue. Now your soapstone is ready for its first oiling.

2 – OILING

Simply pour the mineral oil directly on the surface of the soapstone, rubbing it on to the entire surface with one of the rags. Once you’ve covered the stone with oil, let it sit for 30 minutes or so. Then just wipe off the excess oil with another clean, dry rag. The first time you oil your countertop the stone will appear much darker. A few days after the first oiling, the soapstone will start to lighten his color. It’s time to retreat it. Each time you re-oil, the stone will get darker and reach the true color after several coats. Now that you have brought out this beautiful character of your soapstone, it’s ready to use.

3 – NEXT OILING

Some people say once a month for a year works for them. Some are finished with treatment within a couple of months. Some people treat the surface for a couple of years. My recommendation is when water is leaving noticeable dark spot, oil it up.
After all the more the stone is used, less you need to oil.

4 – Scratches

After the scratch has been sanded out, you will need to apply mineral oil to the sanded area. The mineral oil application should be repeated 3 times over a 3-day period to match the coloration of the rest of the stone. For deeper scratches, simply use a small piece of sandpaper in a circular motion until the scratch is almost gone. Clean that section, and oil it. Is a contrast to most other countertop surfaces, where scratches are often permanent.

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~ by Lucas Rocha on September 15, 2008.

One Response to “Soapstone / Oil – Instructions”

  1. Hey, nice tips. I’ll buy a glass of beer to that man from that chat who told me to visit your blog 🙂

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