Soapstone Maintenance

September 1st, 2007 § 11 Comments

Taking care of soapstone is a breeze. Apply a protective coat of mineral oil to all sinks and counter tops upon installation. Mineral oil enhances the inherent natural veining characteristics and crystallization detail of the stone. If your soapstone follow the easy restoration instructions below.

STEP 1 – Sanding Scratches
Most all scratches will disappear with a direct dab of mineral oil. To permanently remove a deep scratch, apply medium pressure to the scratched area with 80 grit sandpaper. A sanding sponge is recommended. The
deeper the scratch, the more sanding will be needed.

STEP 2 – Oiling

After the scratch has been sanded out, you will need to apply a light coat of mineral oil to the sanded area. The mineral oil application should be repeated 2-3 times over a 2-3 day period to match the coloration of the rest of the stone.

Returned to it’s former beauty…
To maintain your soapstone use a damp cloth or sponge with cleanser for daily cleanings when needed. Oiling will enhance the luster and color of the stone, and restore that brand new look once again. Subsequent coats should be re-applied monthly.


Soap Stone

September 1st, 2007 § 1 Comment

Are you thinking about Soap Stone counter tops?

Soapstone is a natural quarried stone that comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Soapstone is a metamorphic rock, also known as “steatite”, which is comprised primarily of the minerals talc, chlorite, dolomite, and magnesite.

People are often confused by the fact that there are different types and grades of soapstone. Artistic grade soapstone contains a higher talc content, which means that it is softer and suitable for carving. When specifying Soapstone for counter tops be sure to order only architectural grade soapstone. Why? Architectural grade soapstone with a low talc content makes it suitable for counter top usage.

Because of its mineral composition and the process by which it is formed, Soapstone is very dense, non-porous, and chemically inert. Remember your old high school science lab? Soapstone has been used for decades as chemistry lab tables, because it is inert and will not be harmed by acidic materials. Nothing will stain or etch soapstone and you do not have to apply artificial sealers to protect soapstone counter tops. Other natural stones with a high talc content, such as some granites and all marbles, will stain or etch even after applications of artificial sealers. There are poultices to help lift a stain, but removing a stain completely is hard to do.

Soapstone is also a great conductor of heat and can withstand very high temperatures. You can set hot pots and pans directly on your Soapstone counter top surface, and not worry about the stone being damaged. For centuries, soapstone has been quarried and used throughout the world. Soapstone was traditionally used in colonial New England for fireplace hearths, sinks, counter tops, and wood stoves.

In addition to soapstone’s traditional uses, it is currently used for stair treads, balusters, sills, island tops and mixing bowls. Because of its unparalleled heat retention characteristics, it is the perfect choice for cookware, cook tops, oven floors, masonry heaters and fireplace liners. After soapstone is initially heated from burning wood, pellets or coal, it slowly radiates the heat evenly for hours – even after the fire is out! Soapstone can also be used for carving and sculpture.

(Next entry: removing scratches from Soapstone.)

Soap Stone

September 1st, 2007 § 14 Comments

Are you thinking about Soap Stone counter tops?

Soapstone is a natural quarried stone that comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Soapstone is a metamorphic rock, also known as “steatite”, which is comprised primarily of the minerals talc, chlorite, dolomite, and magnesite.

People are often confused by the fact that there are different types and grades of soapstone. Artistic grade soapstone contains a higher talc content, which means that it is softer and suitable for carving. When specifying Soapstone for counter tops be sure to order only architectural grade soapstone. Why? Architectural grade soapstone with a low talc content makes it suitable for counter top usage.

Because of its mineral composition and the process by which it is formed, Soapstone is very dense, non-porous, and chemically inert. Remember your old high school science lab? Soapstone has been used for decades as chemistry lab tables, because it is inert and will not be harmed by acidic materials. Nothing will stain or etch soapstone and you do not have to apply artificial sealers to protect soapstone counter tops. Other natural stones with a high talc content, such as some granites and all marbles, will stain or etch even after applications of artificial sealers. There are poultices to help lift a stain, but removing a stain completely is hard to do.

Soapstone is also a great conductor of heat and can withstand very high temperatures. You can set hot pots and pans directly on your Soapstone counter top surface, and not worry about the stone being damaged. For centuries, soapstone has been quarried and used throughout the world. Soapstone was traditionally used in colonial New England for fireplace hearths, sinks, counter tops, and wood stoves.

In addition to soapstone’s traditional uses, it is currently used for stair treads, balusters, sills, island tops and mixing bowls. Because of its unparalleled heat retention characteristics, it is the perfect choice for cookware, cook tops, oven floors, masonry heaters and fireplace liners. After soapstone is initially heated from burning wood, pellets or coal, it slowly radiates the heat evenly for hours – even after the fire is out! Soapstone can also be used for carving and sculpture.

(Next entry: removing scratches from Soapstone.)

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