Soapstone is extremely durable and can lend a beautiful touch to the bathroom. It is used widely in wash basins, sinks, laboratories, countertops as it can be easily shaped with stone cutting tools.
Soapstone is made up of magnesite, dolomite, chlorite & talc & is expensive in cost.
It has a soapy texture to it hence its name. The texture is derived from the talc in the stone.
The Cost Factor
Soapstone counters are quite expensive having price range from $75 sq ft to $100 sq ft depending on thickness and prefabricated inlaid design.
Color & Design opportunities
Soapstone is generally dark gray in color. Left untreated it will take on a natural patina and develop a rich, dark hue over time.
Soapstone counters generally dark in color come in varying thickness from ¾” to 2 ¾” slabs. It is easily shaped to any design & can have drain boards installed.
Soapstone is extremely durable and heat resistant. Soapstone is very soft though and will scratch. Scratches are easily removed with another coat of mineral oil and deeper cuts can be sanded away.
Construction & Installation
We recommend that the installation of a soapstone countertop be done by professionals only, although it is possible to install on your own, because it is easily shaped with stone cutting tools
Environment & Health impact
Soapstone is not as harmful as other quarried stones as it is mined from the surface. Since soapstone is non-porous it is an excellent hygienic material for the bathroom & very easy to clean with simple soap and water.
Soapstone’s dark, rich color having different versatile design features, sets this product apart from the rest.