Soapstone Werks has been crafting many different natural stones for over twenty years. Each project is treated as if it was going into our own home. We take time to listen to each customer’s needs. That is why we are a great choice to install your countertop San Diego.
What Is Soapstone?
Soapstone or Steatite is a metamorphic talc based stone that comes in many degrees of hardness. Among is components are talc, magnesium silicate and chlorite. The softer variety is known as “pure talc”, this is used for soapstone carvings and may be broken down for other industrial uses. Here at Soapstone Werks the harder countertop quality of steatite is used, as it lends itself to better wear and heat resistance. Soapstone is quarried in mines like other countertop stones and in its raw state is either blue/gray or green/gray on color.Soasptone will always go darker with the traditional treatment of mineral oil.
Why Use Soapstone?
With it’s soft to the touch feel and old world matte finish, soapstone appeals to people looking for a different warmth and approachability not always found in high gloss stones. It’s resistance to chemicals and heat is well known and the reason it has been used for years as labaratory countertops. These qualities are what makes soapstone so desirable in the kitchens of well known chefs and cooks worldwide. Household acids such as lemon juice, vinegar and the like don’t react with soapstone because of it’s chemical inertness. Soapstone is an old world stone in the truest sense. It’s workability and hardiness are why it has been the choice for generations worth of sinks, countertops and fireplaces.
Soapstone is a non-porous stone and therefore needs no sealing, it has traditionally been treated with mineral oil to darken it’s surface giving it the rich almost black patina. Soapstone has commonly been used in laboratories because of its density and inertness. Soapstone can also withstand high heat, so will not burn. You may have seen soapstone in high school or college science labs.
Our soapstone is used for:
- Architectural design elements
- Furniture Accents
We not only use soapstone for countertops however! But we also use Granite, Marble, Quartzite, Silestone, and more!
To find out more about the other stones we offer please call 760-739-0655