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  • 7/31/2019 12:00 AM

Updated: Soapstone

Soapstone has been a timeless natural stone for thousands of years. Because of its special properties, it continues to be the material of choice for a wide variety of reasons. 


Today’s blog will cover the following topics: What is soapstone, advantages of using soapstone and where is soapstone best used.


What is soapstone?


“Soapstone is a metamorphic rock that is composed primarily of talc, with varying amounts of chlorite, micas, amphiboles, carbonates, and other minerals,”according to an article published on,  

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?



Materials that have a porous texture often acquire deep stains from spills that are difficult to get rid of. Because soapstone is a completely non-porous material, there is little to no risk of it staining. If taken care of properly, your stone can look just as beautiful as it was the first day it was installed through the duration of its life. 



Unlike other materials, soapstone does not absorb bacteria so it is remarkably healthier for your family to use. Because the stone is a natural resource, it can be a great option for those who have allergies or sensitivities to certain materials. 



Soapstone has the ability to resist the transfer of heat. This allows it to be used in kitchens,  around stovetops, and allows you to set hot pots and pans directly on the countertop. If the stone is scratched a light sanding will remove them. If you  treat your soapstone with the right oils on a regular basis, any shallow scratches will come right out. 


Cost effective

Just like any other natural stone, a slab of soapstone is generally more expensive than other options. However, because of its durability, longevity, easy maintenance, and other added benefits you get from integrating natural stone easily make it worth the investment. 


Easy to clean

Because soapstone is a non-porous material, it is unaffected by the acids that come from things like tomatoes, wine, vinegar, grape juice, and other common food-related items. This makes it easy to clean and maintain over the lifespan of your stone. 



With soapstone, not only are you investing in a surface that is durable, cost effective, and easily maintainable, you are receiving an aesthetically pleasing element that will reflect your personality and add character to any space. Available in a variety of colors, you are sure to find a piece that is right for you. 


Where is Soapstone best used?


The special properties of soapstone make it the material of choice for a wide variety of things including: 


  • Countertops in kitchens and bathrooms

  • Sinks

  • Cooking pots, bowls, and plates

  • Electrical panels

  • Ornamental carvings and sculptures

  • Fireplace liners and hearths

  • Wall tiles and floor tiles

  • Wood burning stoves


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 integrate natural stone. For more information, visit our website or contact us today. 

We have been meeting the needs of both residential and commercial customers for over 90 years.