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  • 8/23/2017 6:00 AM

Soapstone

For those of you that have been following our blog then you know that over the past several weeks we have been covering the different surface materials to use in your home or business. This can be a tricky and daunting process since there are so many options to choose from, but can also be rewarding when you find the perfect material for your home or office. At the end of the day, it’s not about what is the prettiest option, but the option that is best suited for your home or business. So the question remains, which surfacing material is right for you? To help you out in discovering the answer to this plaguing question, we have been exploring different surfacing materials each week explaining what they are, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as where they work best in your home or business. So far, we’ve covered Dekton, Radianz, Silestone, Travertine, Caesarstone, Limestone, Slate, Quartzite, Granite, and Serpentine in hopes that one will stand out among the crowd. This week we will continue in this same fashion in covering Soapstone! We will again explain what it is, its advantages, explain where we believe it to work best, and generally why we believe soapstone could be a good fit for you and your home or business. We hope that in doing so we help you get that much closer to discovering the surfacing material of your dreams. Read below to find out all about Soapstone!

Soapstone - What Is It?

According to an article by Geology.com, “Soapstone is composed mainly of Talc and it shares a lot of properties with that mineral.” The properties of soapstone can vary from quarry to quarry and can have different levels of hardness that just depend on how much talc is present within the soapstone. Pure talc soapstone is going to be softer than those soapstone varieties with less talc. Soapstone’s mineral composition usually gives it a gray, bluish, green, or brown color and its name comes from its soapy feel and softness.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Soapstone?

Durability

Soapstone has the ability to resist the transfer of heat. This allows it to be used in kitchens and around stovetops and allows you to set hot pots and pans directly on the countertop.  The softness of soapstone allows it to be easily carved. Since soapstone is such a soft material, it does scratch easily. There isn’t a treatment to prevent these scratches, but if you give it a light sanding and treat it with the right oils on a regular basis, those shallow scratches will come right out and stay out.

Cost Effectiveness

The actual slab does cost a pretty penny just like any other natural stone, but it is so easy to install that you could even do it yourself if you are willing to make the investment.

Easy To Clean

Soapstone is a nonporous material. It is unaffected by the acids that come from things like tomatoes, wine, vinegar, and grape juice which makes it very easy to clean and is not damaged by spills.

Aesthetic

With soapstone, not only do you get a surface that is resistant to heat and easy to clean, you’ll get one that is aesthetically pleasing and can bring that something extra to your home or business! Available in a variation of colors, soapstone is sure to have a look that is right for you!

Where Is Soapstone Best Used?

When you talk about soapstone in terms of being used in a  home, it is usually being used for both kitchen countertops, fireplace liners, and sinks but can also be used for a wide variety of things outside the home. Its heat resistance and ability to stay clean makes it a great stone to use in kitchens.To see how soapstone might look in your kitchen, check out our materials visualizer and select "soapstone" in the materials drop down box.

In this article, we’ve tackled the surfacing material soapstone. We’ve explained what it is, its associated benefits, dug into where we think it works best, and overall why we think it would be a good surfacing option for your home or business. We hope that in doing so we’ve helped to narrow down the search!

Feel like there’s still more to be learned about soapstone? To find out more, click here!

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Don’t think soapstone is the right fit for you? No worries. Head over to our blog to explore many of the other stone options available to you, and be sure to be on the lookout next week’s blog as we’ll be covering another material that you **may** want to consider for your next renovation project!

G.M.S. Werks has talented consultants on staff to help you bring about real-life transformations in your kitchen, bathroom, outdoor living areas, or anywhere else you’d like to have natural stone featured. For more information, contact us today.

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