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February 28, 2014
dchicoine wrote:
How does soapstone wear and compare to granite countertop?
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Soapstone is fairly soft and will show stains, nicks, cuts, and scratches - but that's what a lot of people love about it.

It does get a lovely overall patina with use...and you'll either love it or you won't - but it's not for the perfectionist type who wants everything to stay pristine and new looking, like many granites do. It needs regular maintenance which consists of periodic applications of mineral oil, which might need to be done several times a year depending on how dry the surroundings are. Oiling does camouflage a lot of the stains and imperfections and makes the stone quite dark, almost black (without oil the stone is a light, dusty-looking blue-gray).

Eventually corners and areas of heavy usage will show wear and obtain an aged look.

If you want a countertop that stays pristine looking, shiny and more formal, soapstone isn't the stone for you. If you like patinaed, rustic surfaces with lots of character, you will love soapstone.
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Judy Munoz

Here is a wonderful article about soapstone I would like to share with anyone thinking about getting it in their kitchen, I am looking for the slab I love currently, I will know it's the one when I see it. I'm trying to enjoy the search, my kitchen remodel is done except my soapstone. Also I would like to mention I am a nurse, and you cannot find another stone that is as antimicrobial as this one. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did.

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