About Soapstone

What is soapstone?

Soapstone, also known as steatite, is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock comprised primarily of  magnesite, chlorite, dolomite and talc.

Where does soapstone come from?

Soapstone is quarried in many localities of the world. The soapstone we carry at Shadley’s Soapstone comes from Brazil.

Will my soapstone stain?

No. Soapstone is a very dense, non porous stone and will not stain or harbor bacteria. These are some of the many characteristics that make soapstone ideal for use in your home.

Can I place a hot pot on my soapstone counter top?

Yes, you can. Soapstone is impervious to heat. Because of it’s incredible thermal qualities, soapstone is also used to make masonry heaters, fireplace liners and pizza ovens.

How durable is soapstone?

Soapstone is quite durable and will be around for many lifetimes. Soapstone is a softer stone and can be scratched, but a wiping of mineral oil will cure small scratches and larger scratches can simply be sanded away.

How do I care for my soapstone?

We recommend a periodic wiping of mineral oil to keep the rich luster of the stone. For cleaning, a mild household cleaner is all you will need to keep your soapstone counter tops looking good for many years to come. Although you can use much harsher cleansers (they will not harm the soapstone) they will remove the mineral oil.

How do I get soapstone?

Please give us a call at Shadley’s Soapstone and we will gladly walk you through the process with design ideas, costs, etc.

Where can I get unbiased information about soapstone?

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