All About Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone countertops are made with a natural stone that is quarried like other stones and gems. It is metamorphic and contains large amounts of talc hence the name soapstone. Although many people believe that soapstone is very soft and scratches easily but the truth is that nature has a way of producing different levels of hard soapstone. Some are used for carving while the relatively hard levels are used to make countertops in laboratories, offices and even kitchens. This material has been used for many years for a variety of purposes such as countertops, sinks and vanities. It is made from chlorite, dolomite, magnesite and talc and has been around for over 4oo million years. Talc just makes it very soft for the touch and the fact that it is non-porous; it is ideal for use in the kitchen and sinks.  Most of the soapstone countertops are common in the kitchen and other places in the house or offices as well.An individual needs to find good spots top place these items as they enhance lavish interior design.

There are various considerations that you need to make while thinking of a counter made from soapstone. Talc heavy soapstone is not ideal for sinks and tops because it can be cut to make sculptures and it is actually used by sculptors for that. When searching for the best ideal kind of soapstone for countertops, you might consider soapstone that has less talc for harder tops. However, the talc heavy soapstone is what is commonly used for making counters because it can be sculpted into various countertop shapes.  Some of benefits of soapstone counters are they are non-porous, warm to the feeling of touch and both dense and soft. The soapstone counters are also beautiful because they can be cut into desirable shapes of the customer. By being non-porous means that they do not let in water hence easy to clean by water and wiping. You do not even need special cleaners to clean the countertops because they do not even absorb stains.

The countertops are very durable as well because of their natural resistance to many elements that might seem damaging such as stains and dirt. You can also place hotpots and pans on the countertop without damaging it. However, very hot items should not be placed directly on the countertop because they can cause small cracks. While the ability of getting stains is nil, if anything seems stuck on the countertop, it can be sanded off without much effort. You can get the countertops from several hardware or kitchenware appliances shops and get it installed in your home or office. It can be cut to a style or shape that fits your style and fixed quite easily. While making installation, you can cut off the sharp edges with a diamond blade and smoothen with sand paper to avoid any injuries. Use of templates while cutting the countertop is advised to avoid making cutting mistakes and damaging the soapstone. You can get experienced personnel to do the installation for you if you do not know how. That is the basics of soapstone countertops, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to leave a comment below.

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