SOAPSTONE

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock. There are two different materials popularly called soapstone. The first being Talc, the softest mineral on earth, mostly used in the manufacturing of cosmetics, refractory materials, and sculptures.
The rock steatite (also called soapstone) is the material that is used for our countertops, sinks, masonry heaters, flooring, and many other architectural applications. Steatite is composed of several minerals, but the most abundant is talc. Steatite, because of its additives, is harder than talc, and hence suitable for the applications cited above. Soapstone (steatite) in its initial state only comes in shades of gray, unlike talc, which is available in a variety of colors. 

Homeowners who want an exquisite and exclusive product in their home are choosing soapstone countertops due to many good reasons:

  • Soapstone does not stain. Soapstone counters are not harmed by hot pots, citrus, wine, acids or chemicals. The only maintenance required is the mineral oil treatment to enhance the natural darkening process the stone goes through.
  • Cleaning your soapstone tops can be done with any of the common household cleaners, no need to buy special sealants or other "hard to find" often harsh chemicals.

Asheville Soapstone - green soap stone