Kitchen Design 101: Bringing soapstone into the kitchen

Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 by Arch City Granite

There are a lot of reasons why soapstone is growing in popularity as a countertop material. It’s incredibly durable, environmentally-friendly, clean, timeless and they can add a touch of class to any kitchen. Yes, there is a lot to love about it.

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But, to fully appreciate the elegance soapstone, you need to understand what it is, and why it has such an intrinsically high aesthetic value.

Soapstone is an all-natural, quarried stone. It gets its name from its soft, or soapy, feeling surface which is caused by the presence of talc. Most of the stone that is used for kitchen countertops in the United States comes from the Appalachian mountain range; however, some is imported from Brazil and Finland.

The stone has long been popular as a countertop surface in science labs because of its durability. In recent years, it’s also been gaining in popularity in homes across the country because it doesn’t stain, it’s heat resistant and it looks absolutely fabulous.

If you’re considering joining the ranks of those who are incorporating it into their kitchens, you need to know the following:

  • It comes in colors ranging from charcoal-gray to pitch-black to green. Regardless of what color you choose, it is sure to enhance the overall character of your kitchen.
  • You can find it with marbling similar to that of granite. Soapstone with veining generally comes from Brazil.
  • You can enrich the color of your countertop by applying mineral oil. Mineral oil, once applied, makes the stone darken several shades in color, giving it a full, rich aesthetic appeal.
  • No two slabs are alike. Once you select your slab, you are sure to have a one-of-a-kind countertop.
  • It is impervious to spills. One of the best features of the stone–besides its natural beauty–is that it is non-porous so you don’t have to worry about spilled wine, oil, coffee or tea causing hard-to-get-rid-of stains.

There is a lot more to know and love about soapstone, and the experts at Arch City Granite & Marble are available to help you understand and appreciate your options.

To learn more about it-ass well as other natural stone countertop options including granite, marble and even quartz (which isn’t technically an all-natural stone), contact  us at Arch City Granite & Marble today.

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