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Soapstone has been vaunted as a lower cost and better suited substitution for granite counter tops. In some cases, dependent upon your needs, it can be a remarkable addition to your kitchen counters, offering not only durability but beauty and a luster that will last longer than that of other natural countertop materials.

What is SoapStone?

Comprised of natural mineral deposits soapstone is quarried much like granite or any other natural stone.
The minerals involved in its making are dolomite, talc, and magnesite which give it its natural luster and a warming feeling when touched.

It has a flowing color with unique veins that run through it. Coating the soapstone, with natural ingredients that are suitable for use with foodstuffs gives it a far more dramatic coloration than uncoated.

Typically it has been used throughout history as counter tops, sinks and tops for wood furnaces. It is also in recent more modern times used for stair treads, window sills and mixing bowls, because of its heat retention. This material will radiate heat for several hours after a slow heating such as takes place on the top of a wood stove or counter top and retain that heat even when the source is removed.

Contrary to popular belief, soapstone is not only a softer stone material. There are two types which can be used.
One of these is a softer type which is used by artists for carvings and sculptures, however a harder more durable type also exists that is excellent for counter tops and stairs.

Soapstone is for all intents and purposes as hard as marble and granite. It resists staining, burning and etching by such food sources as lemon and tomato juice and will be a very attractive addition to your kitchen.

To be honest, I frankly cant find anything that isnt attractive in the use of soapstone on your kitchen counter and that includes the price.

Because it is more readily worked with and more easily cut than some of its counterparts such as granite, the cost of working with the soapstone is lessened.

Because of its heat retention it will be more economical in the house, keeping your home warmer which can over time reduce the cost of heating your house.

Soapstone has an inherent flecking and multiple colorations that lend it readily to nearly any color scheme and a durability that will see your countertops needing less repair and less replacement than the unnatural countertops would, yet being of a slightly softer nature than granite will cost significantly less to install and be cut than other materials.,

The only real down side is that stones ability to hold heat. With some types of cooking this is not a desireable quality, such as when rolling out a pastry dough or other type of pie crust cookery.

The holding of heat can provide that it will stick to the soapstone which means that the use of a pastry sheet will be in order.

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