Soapstone is one of the best materials you can choose to enhance the décor and functionality of your kitchen space. Other than taking on a patina-like appearance as time goes by, the soapstone provides superb resistance against stains and heat. It also possesses strong durability against scratching and denting. However, to preserve its condition, proper care and maintenance is necessary. At Granite Unlimited Inc., we offer soapstone and other countertop surfaces to enhance the décor and functionality of your kitchen.
Here are some tips to help you care for your soapstone countertops:
One of the easiest ways to keep your soapstone in good condition is to clean it daily. This can help extend the quality of its appearance and service life, especially in a highly trafficked kitchen. All that is needed is a sponge and soapy water. If you notice any blemishes, you can remove them with the application of some mineral oil.
Apply Mineral Oil
During the first several months after your soapstone countertop installation, about once a week apply a coat of mineral oil to the surface with a clean rag. After the oil is applied evenly over the surface, wipe away the excess with a paper towel or another clean rag. Using a thinner mineral oil will not leave behind a sticking residue.
Mineral oil promotes the oxidation of soapstone, which helps produce a rich charcoal color on the surface. So if you want a darker surface, apply mineral oil more often.
Also, the more often you use your soapstone countertop, the less often you will need to apply mineral oil.
If your soapstone countertops are nicked or scratched, you can apply coarse sandpaper to even out the area. The mineral oil tends to cover up or repair minor scratches. Even though some scratches and dents may add natural character to the surface and you can also use mineral oil to repair these areas, using a cutting board is always advised to prevent unnecessary scratches.
The color of soapstone changes over time from its initial light gray color as it is exposed to water, oils, and grease which are often present in kitchens. When the soapstone contacts these substances, its color begins to change into the commonly appreciated charcoal gray color.