We have the best selection of soapstone slabs out of any distributor/wholesaler in Seattle! Soapstone is a classic stone material with truly remarkable characteristics. This stone is pleasing to the touch with its soft soap-like feel, hence its name “Soapstone” which is due to its composition of Talc and Magnesium Steatite. As one may ponder the softness of this stone don’t let that elude you in terms of durability as Soapstone is a dense material, it is inert to acids such as lemon juice and it’s overall a strong stone. The surface of Soapstone does develop a charming patina over time which is quite desirable by most. Soapstone material is also easy on the maintenance list…the traditional means of sealing Soapstone is by using mineral oil and all that it entails is a simple wipe on & off procedure and voila sealed stone. The application of mineral oil reveals the inner beauty of this material and gives the stone a fresh and lustrous appearance. This material typically is used as kitchen countertops, vanities, sinks, fireplaces or even pizza ovens! Yes that’s right pizza ovens, the heat characteristics of this material are beyond that of most materials so hats off to the chef!
It really depends on an individuals personality, whether Soapstone would be a good fit. If you are a perfectionist (Dania style), this is probably not your stone. But if you like “patina” similar to Anthropologie’s charm, than you will be sure to fall in love!! You can decide what kind of tone/style you want these counter-tops to exude. Just like butcher block, it can scratch. You can decide to leave it; or sand it out with comet or sandpaper & re-oil with mineral oil! Its just like leather. If you like soft, worn used leather, you would like soapstone, marble, sandstone & limestone. If you like tight, shiny, new leather, you would be happier with granite or man made quartz.
It’s on average 3 lbs a square foot heavier than granite, so it’s super dense.
It can withstand up to 4,500k degrees of heat. It’s the #1 choice for pizza ovens.
It’s virtually non-porous, so it won’t harbor bacteria.
It’s 100% not affected by acid. They used to use it in chemistry labs.
It can’t compare to any other stone, for it has such an old world & down to earth feel; not to mention that it’s super soft to the touch!
It’s a do it yourself type of material. You can use wood tools to cut & shape the edge.
If you’re a perfectionist, you may not be able to get past the “patina”.
It’s a pretty dark material, coming in different shades of charcoals.
It’s heavy in weight, so you may need one more set of hands to help install. Weighing on average 23 lbs per sq/ft.
It’s basically only available in a matte finish. You can’t get it with a high polish.
If you’re not sure if you’ll like it, come out and take a look at the slabs. We have some that are oiled and some that aren’t. You’re welcome to wet them down with a spray bottle. We have free samples that you’re welcome to take home & see how they fit in your lighting. There is also a stone fabricator next door to us that has a few counter-tops in soapstone. They’ve been installed for years, so they’ve accumulated “patina”. Seeing them, will let you know right away if its the stone you’ve been looking for!
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