Made from a beautiful and durable natural stone, soapstone counters add value and aesthetic value to any kitchen. Any décor is enhanced by the use of soapstone. Soapstone comes in a variety of soft grey to charcoal and is enhanced by veins and flecks of contrasting colors.
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Benefits of Soapstone
Since it is a natural stone, soapstone is a great choice for countertops. It is one of the only natural surfaces that is not affected by acids. Spilling coffee, citric juice or vinegars on it won't mar the surface. It is non-porous so it won't absorb any liquids that are spilled, changing the appearance of the counter. Because of these reasons, soapstone is also the traditional choice for science lab countertops.
Soapstone counters are heat resistant. Setting a hot cooking pan on it won't change the appearance of the countertop. There is no need to use a hot pad or trivet with a soapstone surface.
No special cleaners are needed to keep your countertop clean and looking new. Any household cleaner will do. Although it is not a requirement, mineral oils is often used to bring out the natural beauty of the stone. The mineral oil helps to deepen the color evenly over the counter. Your soapstone countertop will darken on its own over time, taking about a year to reach its full color potential.
Soapstone offers all the benefits of other natural stone surfaces, like granite and marble, but with a more affordable price tag. Since it will last a lifetime, the investment that is made in soapstone is a wise one.
Other Uses for Soapstone
Since it is best known for its heat resistance, soapstone is often incorporated into fireplaces. A soapstone fireplace will instantly add value and beauty to any living room. Wood burning stoves are sometimes made from soapstone. In this application, it is used not only for its heat resistance, but also because it radiates heat. The soapstone hold the heat for an extended period of time, allowing the homeowner longer heating benefits of heating with wood. Soapstone fireplaces provide a more efficient method for heating with fire while providing a long-lasting beautiful addition to any room.
Since it is so versatile, soapstone is often incorporated into other areas of the home. Soapstone sinks provide unsurpassed durability. Kitchen sinks have traditionally been made from soapstone. Often, when old farm houses are torn down, the only thing that is left standing is the soapstone sink. Soapstone is a versatile substance for creating sinks. They can be crafted into any size and style that is desired.
Soapstone flooring is also common. Due to its durability and stain resistance, soapstone is an excellent choice for natural stone flooring. It is warm and smooth to the touch, making it very pleasant to walk on.
Remodeling the kitchen is the best way to instantly add value to your home. Kitchen counters come in a variety of materials. When faced with the decision of what counter surface to install, many homeowners choose soapstone for its durability and long lasting beauty. An investment in soapstone counters is an investment that is well made.
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