Soapstone is a perfect material for sinks, cutting boards and as well as for countertops. Unquestionably, when you have a soapstone countertop it will add sophistication to your modern kitchen and can transform your old kitchen to something that is stylish and new. Soapstone is made from mineral deposits which are a mixture of chlorite, dolomite, talc and magnetite. When you have a soapstone countertop comes with it are its advantages that makes it as the best countertop to have. Soapstone countertops are shiny and smooth and it is non porous which means that it cannot bring together bacteria and it is not permeable and does not cause stain if liquids tip out on them. With this, a soapstone countertop can assure you that it will last for a lifetime. Soapstone is also heat resistant that is why it is also used for fireplaces. Thus, you do not need to worry when you place hot items on it since it will not cause any damage. Soapstone is also obtainable in different shapes and various shades that will give you a number of options to choose from.
When you are thinking of choosing the soapstone countertop for your kitchen, do not just go to the store and pick a soapstone countertop that you want without having an idea on the things that you first need to consider when buying one. First thing that you need to consider is to decide whether the countertop that you will prefer will go with the existing décor and style of your kitchen. It is important to choose a soapstone countertop that will compliment the whole look of the kitchen.
Other factor to consider is the willingness of the homeowner to maintain the countertops regularly. If the homeowner is reluctant to do the regular cleaning then this is not the best countertop for them. Maintenance and cleaning is important since this will help in preserve the look and integrity of the countertop or it to look better.
Proper cleaning and maintenance is important when it comes to soapstone countertops. Do not buy and use harsh chemicals to your soapstone. Strong chemicals will cause damage and importantly it is dangerous to homeowners especially to small kids. A coarse cleaner can also cause scratches on the countertop. When cleaning a countertop just use damp rag with a little amount of mild soap just enough to freshen the countertop. If you can see dirt on the corners, grab a soft bristled toothbrush and clean the area using it.
Soapstone countertops are usually gray in color and putting a mineral oil on it will deepen the color thus maintaining the beauty of the countertop. Add mineral oil and spread a thick layer on top of the countertop and allow it to stay there for 30 minutes to an hour. After the said time has elapsed, wipe it off using only a soft cloth. Scratches on soapstone countertop may also be concealed by applying layers of mineral oil.
If there are a lot of scratches, you can first mark all scratches needed to be fixed. Then clean the surface by using only damp cloth and allow the area to dry so that these marks will be more visible. Sandpaper can be of help when removing these scratches. Determine whether the scratches are deeper or lesser in depth. If it is deeper, buy a sandpaper with a 100 grit and 300 grit for lesser depth scratches. Once you have it on hand, fold it into four equal parts then try to rub it first on paper to make sure that the surfaces have been sanded out uniformly. Once you have finished this process, clean the surface using a damp cloth with a detergent and water solution.
We know that soapstone countertops are made from hard metamorphic rock which is a natural stone. That is why soapstone is prone to cuts and cracks just like marble and other natural stones. Soapstone countertops are sealed to protect it from getting scratched or from cracking.
When it comes to installation of a soapstone countertop, do not attempt to install it on your own. Asking for the help of a skilled professional is important so that the soapstone countertops will be cut and leveled well. These professionals are trained to measure the templates accurately and precisely before these slabs will be cut based on their measurements. Be sure that when they install the countertops it is sturdy at the base. This can be done by using adhesives and metal rods to ensure that it will not fall off easily. Also, if the base is strong you will not need to worry that the countertops may crack later over time. Once they have been installed properly, see if the installer ensures that all the edges are smooth.
Nevertheless, when you are seem to be thinking for a new way to develop and improve the appearance of your kitchen, go for the soapstone countertops. Some other countertop options you may want to consider is granite countertops and corian countertops. These are both eligant and rich looking.