THE BOSTON GRANITE EXCHANGE

SOAPSTONE COLLECTION

A beautiful stone with distinct colors and veining that has the ability to absorb and distribute heat and is highly resistant to chemicals.
Use

Countertops, bar tops, fireplace, fireplace surround and soapstone wood stoves.

Look

Unique colors with variable colors and distinct veining.

Finish

Honed or leathered.

Sources

Brazil, India and North America.

Relative Cost

Wide range offers choices to meet budgets.

Care

Easy care includes cleaning with warm water and dish detergent. Apply food-grade mineral oil as needed. Consult with your fabricator for recommended mineral oil product. Note the finish type will not affect care.

Resistance Levels

Soapstone Abrasion Resistance - Low LOW
Soapstone Stain Resistance - High HIGH
Soapstone Etching Resistance - High HIGH
Soapstone Heat Resistance - Medium MEDIUM
Soapstone UV Resistance - Low LOW

Composite: Siliceous and metamorphic; hardness on Mohs scale of 2.5.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is soapstone?

Soapstone is a beautiful stone with distinct colors and veining that has the ability to absorb and distribute heat; highly resistant to chemicals.

Where does Boston Granite Exchange source its soapstone?

Brazil, India and North America.

What are the best uses of soapstone?
Countertops, bar tops, fireplace, fireplace surround and soapstone wood stoves.
How do you care for soapstone?

Soapstone is easy care includes cleaning with warm water and dish detergent. Apply food-grade mineral oil as needed. Consult with your fabricator for recommended mineral oil product. Note that the finish type will not affect care.

What finishes are available for soapstone?

Honed or leathered.

What is etching of natural stones?
Etching is the impact of acidity on the natural stone. Acids such as from red wine, orange juice and lemons can etch the natural stone dulling the finish and changing the texture. Marble is more susceptible to etching as compared to granite, soapstone and quartzite which are etching resistant.
What are the best stones for stain resistance?
Soapstone, quartzite and quartz.
What are the best stones for abrasion resistance?
Granite, soapstone, quartzite and quartz.
What are the best stones to resist etching?
Granite, soapstone, quartzite and quartz.
What stones are the most heat resistant?

Granite and soapstone.

What stones are ideal for outdoor use and UV resistance?

Soapstone.