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July 25, 2014
jnober16 wrote:
i love the look of soapstone but is it heard to maintain - does soapstone stain? what maintenance is required? i've heard that water marks stain.
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Soapstone is so dense that it is nonporous. You do not have to worry about staining and no sealer is required. It is made from Talc which is a 1 on the scale of hardness so it is a very soft material. For this reason you can expect to see surface scratches through use. As far as maintenance you can choose to mineral oil the surface. This process will darken the color and conceal any surface scratches. Every day cleaning can be done with PH neutral soap and water. Water marks will not stain this surface.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2015 at 8:57AM
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June 6, 2013
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If you wait awhile, the oil should disappear & the gray should return.
    Bookmark   February 20, 2015 at 5:52PM
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The oil does not impart a permanent color change. As a matter of fact if you want the deeper color that mineral oil produces, you have to reapply every so often. While your stone may not fade to the original chalky grey that it was when installed, it will definitely fade back to grey over time.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2015 at 7:24PM
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June 5, 2013
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Green Mountain Soapstone
Hello msmettalife, You are correct in that the higher the talc content, the softer the soapstone. Canadian soapstone has a higher talc content and is considered an artistic grade soapstone. We are based in St. Catharines and serve most of southern Ont. We carry a large selection of architectural soapstone.
    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 7:37AM
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April 7, 2013
Cindy Rosenbush wrote:
Can u mix a soap stone kitchen counter with a granite island?
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February 15, 2013
doreenq wrote:
How does the price of soapstone compare to granite?
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Candace Bordelon
I live in North Texas, and I just spoke with a stone vendor who supplies a small builder I am freinds with. He said the soapstone is about $70 per square foot installed, whereas level 1 granites are about $28--I think this was the price for the builder, not retail, but you can see the difference. Black honed granite will often give you a look similiar to soapstone. I would love soapstone but it is just too much money.
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November 13, 2012
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does it show fingerprints? I am curious as to how it compares pricewise, to honed granite.
    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 7:23PM
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fingerprints don't show. some varieties will show water marks if you oil it, apparently. see for detailed discussion. our kitchen had it installed 13 years ago and it looks great still, we basically do nothing except wipe it down occasionally with a little soap, but we often ignore clear liquid spills for hours, no problem. some chips on the edges from previous owners (ours is the soft, green kind) are the only downside. it was probably oiled at one point, but not in the past year we've lived with it, except when we get cooking oil on it by mistake, and that doesn't seem to be an issue. the somewhat dull surface is good camouflage if you don't like to clean constantly.
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Special considerations: Make sure your soapstone is architectural grade, which is denser than the artistic grade often used for sculpture.

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this is called black honed soapstone; When selecting your slab, it's good to know that the greener the slab, the softer it is. So seek out slabs with less of a green cast if you want a harder slab.

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