How to bring out the dark patina in your Soapstone

Through out the history of Soapstone’s  use on counters and sinks, it has been known for its beautiful matte black patina.  Yet, when you quarry the Soapstone from the earth, its color ranges from a light to dark grey/blue.  What many do not know, is that Soapstone will naturally turn or patina dark through day to day use over time. An immediate and more uniform matte black or green black look (depending on the look of the stone mined) can be achieved through a simple oiling process right away.  This patina or darkening process is done with basic mineral oil or a mineral oil/bee wax combo drying wax.  Why this type of oil and not others?  The truth is, that any oil can achieve the rich dark color, but you want an oil that is food safe and will not go rancid on your counters as a cooking oil would.  Tongue oil would be unsafe for a food prep area. When your counters or sink have finished being installed, simply start the oiling or waxing process with a clean cotton rag.  Cover entire surface with oil or wax.  You can immediately wipe off oil so that is not sticky but dry, or you can do it at night after you’ve washed your dinner dishes and let sit for the evening and wipe dry in the morning.  Do this process one to two times a week for a month or month and a half.  This gives you your patina.  Touch up whenever you feel it is needed.  Usually once every six months does the trick.  This is a process to bring up the beauty of the stone but is not needed to seal the stone, as the stone is naturally sealed with the natural high density.  What this means is you can choose not to patina at all and let the stone do its magic on its own.  The stone will not absorb moisture of any kind so no need for harsh cleansers.  Hot soapy water and rag or vinegar and water mixture is sufficient to clean the counter.  Even the harshest chemical cleaner will not hurt your stone but may remove the patina you have built up.  It is truly a living top.  A joy to work with because of its unique properties and beautiful to look at.

To try our mineral oil or our new Soapstone sealing wax,  please call us at Soapstone Werks.  We would be happy to answer anyquestions you may have.  (760) 739-0655

Here's What Our Clients Have To Say

Soapstone Werks office staff was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, very friendly. The installation went perfect, they were so professional and clean. They paid very close attention to our request to work around our construction crew. Our favorite thing about soapstone is the soft feel. The slab we picked out at Soapstone Werks had a look unlike any of the slabs we had seen so far. The way it looks is so unbelievable with its variation. So classic. Love the living finish and patina that comes with the use of the counter-tops. The clean-up is incredibly easy. We had it installed about eleven months ago and I just oiled it this past weekend. I would recommend soapstone without a doubt. I would recommend Soapstone Werks to my friends completely. I looked for quite some time for a company that was trustworthy and professional and when they called me back so quickly and scheduled an appointment for questions and answers, I knew Soapstone Werks were the ones to deal with. I absolutely had a wonderful experience with Soapstone Werks. I found a slab, placed an order and had counter-tops in two days. Being quick is not the only great thing about this company. They are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. They worked well around our construction crew and the counter-tops went in without a hitch. I recommend them to anyone in this area looking for soapstone. I didn’t have to wait several days for a call back. They called me back within an hour, even with their busy schedule and it being a holiday weekend. By the way, the entire family loves our counter-tops and when we have company they always comment on how beautiful and fitting they are for out kitchen. Thank you so much for making our remodel so enjoyable.

M. Cunningham

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