For many people their main acquaintance with soapstone derives from a high-school science lab top or floor. Because soapstone is chemically inert, chemicals of any kind will not hurt or even leave a mark on the counter-top. The high density makes this stone impervious to stains and bacteria. Is it any wonder that more and more people are turning back to historical soapstone for their counter-top surface of choice? Add elegant beauty to the mix and you have a winner in counter-top material.