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How to Care for Soapstone & How to Remove Scratches from Soapstone

How to care for soapstone is the number one question people ask when they are considering a soapstone countertop, fireplace or sink.’s EASY!

We recommend applying dry-wax, mineral or baby oil to the surface of your soapstone 24 hours after it is installed. We do not automatically apply anything because all the silicone and caulks used during installation need to cure for 24 hours after installation.

The application of mineral or baby oil is fast, easy and serves two purposes. First and foremost it brings out the natural colors of the stone and secondly it masks smudges from oils that will appear as dark marks or smudges. Many people think about leaving the soapstone natural, but then choose to oil it to hide smudges and finger print oils.

Most people who choose soapstone countertops oil their tops a few times a year and then reduce the frequency of oiling or stop completely. They allow the natural patina to sets in and achieve a soft natural weathered look which they sought in the first place. Other people oil or wax much more frequently. This is simply a personal choice.

Mineral oil is a very thin, “food safe” oil found in every grocery store or drug store, it is inexpensive and readily available. As it begins to evaporate it can leave a dry uneven coloration as it dissipates. Baby Oil makes the stone even darker than mineral oil and is easier to apply because it is so thin. Dry-wax does not evaporate or dry out nearly as quickly and tends to have the very same look. Dry-wax is a mixture of Carnauba wax and walnut oil.

Soapstone is soft and can scratch. An application of oil or dry-wax masks and conceals most small scratches. Deeper scratches can be removed by sanding with common sandpaper.

To remove scratches, start with a low grit (100) and move up to a (200) and finally with a 400 grit paper, small circular motions will get the best results. Once you are satisfied that you have removed all the scratches apply a light coat of mineral oil or dry-wax. Your sink or top will look brand new. How much you use your counters and what you clean them with will affect the frequency of oiling as much as how "wet" you desire the surface to appear. Areas around or in a soapstone sink will lose the wax or oil faster than the less washed areas of the countertop.

Most people who buy soapstone are selecting it because they desire a weathered or aged look. The worn rustic look of years of use is exactly what they are trying to achieve. If this is the look you are after, soapstone is a good material choice for you. If you are looking for a perpetually new and shiny look, perhaps granite or quartz may be a better choice.

While soapstone can withstand very high and sustained heat as long as it is slowly applied. In fact many wood burning stones are clad in soapstone because of its unique thermal properties. Thermal shock is the sudden and dramatic temperature change. This is not advised. Thermal shock such as pouring boiling water into a sink suddenly sending thermal shock into the stone is an example of how you could damage your soapstone.

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Stone Types

Granite is hard and dense. As such, it is naturally scratch, etch and stain resistant. That makes it suitable for use in kitchens, bathrooms, wet and dry locations. Granite is stable and not overly sensitive to heat and that makes it suitable for fireplace applications.

Marble is soft and vulnerable to scratching, staining and etching and is most suitable for use in bathrooms. It can be used in kitchens but extra care should be taken to maintain its appearance.

Quartz is manmade from natural minerals including quartz plus resins and pigments. It is very hard and both stain, etch and scratch resistant. It is vulnerable to heat damage as is not recommend for fireplace applications

Quartzite is a natural stone that is very hard and therefore scratch and stain resistant. It can be used anywhere granite is used.

Soapstone is softer than marble and can scratch easily, but can also be sanded and repaired with no special tools or skills. Soapstone is very heavy and dense and completely non-porous therefore very stain resistant and handles heat like no other stone so it is suitable in kitchens, baths, fireplace and both wet and dry locations.

Slate is harder than marble and soapstone and almost non-porous but NOT recommended for wet locations as water can get between the layers and cause separation and warping.

Chipping, All stones can and will chip if impacted hard enough. The really hard stones are actually more prone to chipping as the material is so hard it is brittle and may chip. Chipping is most evident around a sink.

Competitors will claim that certain stones are quartzites to aid them in sales. The stones are actually marble or dolomite, pretending they are quartzite makes easier sales. While they are beautiful, they are very vulnerable to etching. Test a sample for yourself using a few drops of lemon juice. If the surface etches........You know it contains calcite and is not going to perform like a granite or quartzite at all.

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Soapstone Sink Specials

These sinks are in-stock and ready for pick up. Cash & Carry. 

Soapstone_Sinks_001Butt-Joint Single bowl sink. Measurements 33 x 18.5 x 10 Made from "Fantasy Soapstone"
Price: $650

Soapstone_Sinks_004Wide Variety to choose from in stock, no lead time, stock sizes.

Soapstone_Sinks_005Single and Double Bowl configurations available, one or two drain holes, all pitched bottom CNC precision made in the USA

Soapstone_Sinks_006Ready for garbage disposal or simple drain plumbing connection.

Soapstone_Sinks_008Different Species of soapstone to meet your taste.


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Let us help you design your sink to be sure it fits your cabinet and is supported properly. But joint or lap joint, all of our sinks are CNC precision milled and pitched.We can make tipped and dipped front sinks, undermount, farm style or apron front sinks. we can make hi-back or flush stype sinks of your dimension and choosing. Double bowl 50/50 and offset designs available as well as "apron style farm sinks". All sinks are expertly crafted of the soapstone material of your choice to match your counter top. If you can dream it, we can make it for you and make your dreams come true.