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Soapstone Countertop in VA, DC, and MD

Searching for resources regarding a new soapstone countertop in your DC, Northern Virginia or Maryland home? We have all the information you’ll ever need, keep reading below to discover it all.

Usually in a dark gray color, a soapstone countertop will have a very smooth and soft feel to it. Click here to learn more about your soapstone color options.  Although soapstone counters are often seen in older and historical homes, these countertops also thrive in modern homes. Also soapstone countertop provides a rich and deep color that is generally stain resistant. Although to some, soapstone can be a bit pricy, it has an absolutely sensual one of a kind texture and possesses an extremely aesthetically pleasing look as well.

Soapstone is a steatite stone, which means that the primary components it is made up of are magnetite, dolomite, chlorite, and talc. These unique components combine to give it a soft touch and smooth feeling of a dry piece of soap. This is consequently how soapstone got its name.

Soapstone Countertop Cost:  $50 -$200 per square foot.

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Overall Qualities of Soapstone

SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOP PROS SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOP CONS
Has a rich, deep color. May crack or darken over time.
A unique and smooth feel. Can be more expensive than other surfaces.
Mostly stain resistant. Potential to chip on the edges.
Naturally retains heat.  
Requires little or no maintenance.  

The History of Soapstone

Soapstone ranges in age anywhere between 300 to 400 million years old. Generally its age will depend on which part of the planet the stone is from! Soapstone has been utilized all over the world for various types of tools, goblets, vases, and fireplaces, for hundreds and thousands of years. In the United States today, soapstone is being used for its largest variety of items ever to date. These items include balusters, stair treads, and even island tops.

Soapstone Countertop Care and Maintenance

If you’re searching for ways to care for the countertops in your Ellicott City, Columbia or Baltimore home, you can use our Ultimate Informational Cleaning Guide for Granite, Quartz and Soapstone Countertops.

The maintenance of Soapstone counters is fairly easy. Soapstone is an impenetrable material, meaning that nothing, not even liquid, can sink into it.  When it comes to maintaining and caring for these countertops, there are a variety of options. The first, and easiest option of them all is to do nothing at all. Doing nothing at all will simply result in the darkening of the stone over time from regular use.

If you were to use standard mineral oil on the soapstone surface, it will keep the countertop a uniform color. To achieve this, mineral oil should be reapplied to the surface every 4-8 weeks. If the stone darkens and you wish to return it to its original gray color, simply use sandpaper. Scratches are easily fixed with sandpaper and a tiny bit of mineral oil or sealer.  Ugly marks can be easily rubbed out with a simple dry paper towel.

Contact Us about Soapstone Counters

If you would like more information about a Soapstone Countertop or if you have any additional questions for us, please contact us directly. We at Express Countertops are available by phone at 410-712-0601. Another way to reach us is to use the estimate button we have added above to request a free countertop cost estimate. You could have your new countertops installed in 1 week – GUARANTEED!

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