SOAPSTONE

Click on the photos below and it will link you to photos of each slab in that variety.

ARABESQUE = 5 on the Moh’s scale

ARABESQUE COMPARISON INSTALLED GREEN MARBLED MARBLE HARD SERPENTINE

BLACK MOON = 5 on the Moh’s scale

BLACK MOON COMPARISON INSTALLED

CINZA = 3 on the Moh’s scale

cinza-new

FOSCA = 5 on the Moh’s scale

fosca

 

 

MIRASOL BLACK = 3 on the Moh’s scale

MIRASOL BLACK COMPARISON INSTALLED

PA ORIGINAL = 5 on the Moh’s scale

pa coming soon

 

Why Soapstone?

Our Theory

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 Anthropologies’ 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! It’s 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.

soapstone personality

PRO’S

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, therefore it’s impervious to heat, bacteria and stains due to the natural composition of the soapstone

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.

CON’S

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.

DID YOU KNOW..

The darker the soapstone is, BEFORE it’s oiled, the harder it is. It’s because it has a lower percentage of talc.

HARDNESS

Hardness is determined by the ability of one mineral to scratch another. Federick Mohs, a German mineralogist, produced a hardness scale, using a set of ten standard minerals. The scale arranges the minerals in order of increasing hardness. The higher the number, the harder the mineral.

TEST

You can roughly determine the mineral hardness by using the followings, steps/tools:

A fingernail has a hardness ranging from 2 to 2.5

A penny is a little harder than 3

Glass ranges from 5.5 to 6

A Knife blade is generally in the range of 5 to 6.5

Our Soapstone’s on the Moh’s scale

Arabesque is a 5

Black Moon is a 5

Cinza is a 3

Mirasol Black is a 3

PA is a 5

Do I want a “harder” soapstone, or a “softer”? What is the difference?

The difference really is, are you looking forward to “patina”? If so, the softer soapstone, it is! They both will accumulate patina, over-time. But the softer one will sooner. It is a bit softer, but than again it’s a little easier to repair. Most scratches disappear with a coat of mineral oil. If the scratch is still visible, just take 220 sandpaper in a circular motion and you’re good to go. The “softer” soapstone’s, are indeed still hard. So try not to get in your mind, that because it’s a bit softer, it’s not going to turn into a pile of sand if you’re hard on it. The way you can determine the hardness, is by following the MOH’S scale. It also helps to see the stone raw or dry (before it’s been oiled). Usually the darker ones are a bit harder, than the lighter ones. This is because the harder ones have less talc. The lighter ones are the original soapstone that we’ve always seen. They’re the ones that charmed us in science class. These darker ones are still soapstone; but they have less talc and more schist. The lighter they are, the better they are for retaining temperature. So if you want to do a pizza oven or firebox from soapstone, you’ll want to choose the softer variety.

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 it’s the stone you’ve been looking for!

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13 Responsesso far.

  1. dianne binckley says:

    How much do you charge for cuts???
    I am very intereted.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How often should you seal soapstone?

    • admin says:

      You actually don’t have to seal soapstone. It doesn’t stain, however it does oxides(darken) when oil is applied. Some people choose to apply mineral oil, to make the counter appear more even. If you want a lighter grey soapstone look & choose not to oil it; its inevitable that some oils will darken it (ex: salad dressing). You can remove the oil marks with comet & a scotch brite pad!

  3. Anonymous says:

    LOOKING FOR PIENCES OF SOAPSTONE TO CARVE DO YOU SELL REMNANTS

    • admin says:

      We sell full size slabs and don’t have a saw, so we don’t have remnants. We do sell soapstone bricks. However, there is a fabrication shop next door to us, that normally has soapstone remnants. Your best bet, would probably be to just to stop by and see what they have. I’ve included their info below. The architectural grade isn’t as soft as standard carving soapstone. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Homchick Stoneworks
      6834 N.E 175th St, Kenmore
      http://www.soapstonefabricator.com

  4. David says:

    may I get a general price per square foot for your soapstone slabs?

    • admin says:

      Hi David,
      Our soapstone slabs are priced at $40 per sq/ft. Depending on the size, most slabs are between $1,500-$2,000 + tax. Let me know if have anymore questions.

      Thank you,
      Cheris

  5. Carol says:

    My husband & I are looking for soap stone as a counter top in a bathroom. It’s roughly 61″ by 22″ and would need a black splash as well. Roughly, how big are the slabs and might it be possible to get 2 counter tops out of one slab? We have a second bath in need of a counter top as well. Thank you! Carol

    • admin says:

      Hi Carol,

      Yes that would definitely work! Depending on the backsplash height, you would almost have enough to do three vanities that size! If you did end up with a remnant, some people will sell it on consignment at their fabricators; or figure out another area to use it (Fireplace hearths, bbq tops etc). Let me know if you have nay questions.

      Thank you,
      Cheris :-)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi from Montana. What is the process ? Get a local fabricator to purchase a slab from you ? Or is soapstone unique that only soapstone fabricators should make countertops ? What do you recommend ?

    • admin says:

      Hi thanks for your interest in our soapstone slabs. We do sell to the public, as well as fabricators. What were you thinking about doing? We have trucking companies that will pick up the stone and deliver it to your area. Or we could refer fabricators in your area. Let us know what questions you have :-)

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