How to Properly Care for Soapstone Countertops: A Guide by Impact Countertops
Are you considering installing soapstone countertops in your kitchen or bathroom? Soapstone is a beautiful choice that can add a touch of elegance to any space. However, like any other natural stone, soapstone requires proper care and maintenance to ensure its longevity and preserve its stunning appearance. In this blog post, Impact Countertops, the premier stone fabricator in the greater Columbus area, will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to care for your soapstone countertops.
Understanding Soapstone and Its Unique Properties
Before we dive into the care instructions, it’s important to understand what soapstone is and why it’s a great choice for countertops. Soapstone is a natural stone primarily composed of talc, which gives it its unique smooth and soft texture. It is highly resistant to heat, stains, and chemicals, making it an ideal choice for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and other areas.
Sealing and Oiling Soapstone Countertops
One of the first steps in caring for your soapstone countertops is the initial application process. Unlike granite or marble, soapstone is non-porous and does not require sealing to prevent stains. However, some homeowners prefer to apply a mineral oil treatment to enhance the appearance of the stone and create a richer color.
To treat your soapstone countertops, follow these steps:
- Clean the countertops thoroughly using a mild dish soap and warm water solution.
- Rinse the countertops with clean water to remove any soap residue.
- Allow the countertops to dry completely before applying the mineral oil.
- Apply a small amount of mineral oil to a soft cloth or sponge.
- Gently rub the mineral oil onto the soapstone surface, ensuring complete coverage.
- Allow the mineral oil to penetrate the stone for approximately 30 minutes.
- Wipe off any excess oil using a clean, dry cloth.
- Repeat this process two to three times within the first month of installation, and then once every six months to maintain the seal.
Keep in mind that treating your soapstone countertops with mineral oil is optional, as it does not affect the stone's resistance to stains or damage. It is purely a cosmetic choice that can enhance the natural beauty of the soapstone.
Daily Care and Maintenance
In addition to the initial process, proper daily care is crucial to keep your soapstone countertops looking their best. Here are some essential tips for maintaining your soapstone countertops:
- Clean spills immediately: Although soapstone is resistant to stains, it is still important to clean up spills promptly to avoid potential discoloration. Use a mild dish soap and warm water solution, and avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads that can scratch the surface.
- Avoid cutting directly on the surface: While soapstone is highly durable, cutting or chopping directly on the countertop can cause scratches. Use a cutting board or protective mat to protect the surface from damage.
- Use coasters and trivets: To prevent any potential heat damage, always use coasters for hot beverages and trivets or hot pads for hot cookware or dishes. Although soapstone is heat resistant, prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause discoloration.
- Regular cleaning: To maintain the cleanliness of your soapstone countertops, wipe them down regularly with a soft, non-abrasive cloth or sponge. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can dull the stone's natural finish.
- Applying wax (optional): If you prefer a matte or aged appearance, you can choose to apply a layer of wax to your soapstone countertops. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and reapply the wax as needed.
Trust Impact Countertops for Professional Care
At Impact Countertops, we understand the importance of proper care and maintenance for your countertops. With over 30 years of experience, our skilled craftsmen have expertise in fabricating and installing soapstone countertops for commercial projects, new builds, and renovations. We are committed to delivering premium production, professionalism, and excellent customer service on every project.
If you're looking for top-quality countertops in the greater Columbus area, contact Impact Countertops today. Our team is dedicated to providing a one-on-one personalized experience and helping you create the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams.