Black Honed Soapstone Countertop contemporary-kitchen-countertops
 

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r64obin wrote:
Does Soapstone always have a slight green hue? - Want new countertops. Love soapstone but when I saw a sample, fabricator said it will always have green. I'm looking for gray.
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Is it true that mineral oil is used to 'seal' the soapstone? And the 'grey' will become very dark once oiled, almost black? Is all soapstone 'honed' finish or is it available polished?
June 21, 2014 at 11:32am   
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innercalm,
There are different colors of soapstone, going from light gray to dark gray. It is true that once applied the oil or wax the soapstone will get a much darker tonality.
The mineral oil won't seal the soapstone. What the oil, or wax does is to darken up the stone evenly. If you don't apply a mineral oil to it, the soapstone will darken up on the higher traffic areas such as oven, cooktop and sink, so the application of the oil or wax, is just to give an even look throughout the countertop.
You should not apply sealer to soapstone since it won't penetrate into the stone.
June 21, 2014 at 12:10pm     
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msmettalife wrote:
How do I select soap stone? - Is there a universal grading system scaling durability? I read the more talic content the softer. How do I know I'm being sold architectural grade? I live in Ontario.
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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. waynew@usesoapstone.com
June 19, 2014 at 7:37am   
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Cindy Rosenbush wrote:
Can u mix a soap stone kitchen counter with a granite island?
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Yes.
February 24, 2014 at 4:36pm     
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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.
February 21, 2013 at 2:06pm     
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Margaret Chappell wrote:
Building job - Does this show fingerprints? How does price compare to black honed granite, how does it hold up in a kitchen? Please.
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does it show fingerprints? I am curious as to how it compares pricewise, to honed granite.
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 http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0815275631359.html 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.
March 4, 2013 at 1:29am   
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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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