Countertop Education: Introducing Soapstone

Is it time to renovate your kitchen, but you don’t want to do a complete overhaul?  Oftentimes all it takes are new countertops to bring your old kitchen back to life.  When the time comes for new countertops many people choose to upgrade their surfaces to granite.

For years granite has been the go-to natural stone choice for kitchen upgrades.  Granite is durable, comes in hundreds of colors and patterns, and adds instant class to any kitchen.  The one downfall to granite is that it is porous.  Spills have to be cleaned up immediately and your granite countertops should be re-sealed regularly.

Doesn’t sound like something you want to worry about?  Not a problem, there’s another natural stone that’s gaining ground on granite.


Introducing: Soapstone.


Made of magnetite, dolomite, chlorite, and talc; soapstone is quarried in Finland, Brazil, and China.  The talc in the makeup of the stone gives soapstone a soft, warm look; when wiped down regularly with a mineral oil it will develop a deep, rich shine.

So what makes it so great?  It’s non-porous!

Not only does soapstone resist staining, it is also resistant to bacteria growth.  For years it has been used in forensic and science labs because of its resistance to most chemicals.  And, you can put your hot pans directly on it.

Soapstone is quickly replacing the traditional granite look in many modern kitchens, and it can be a marketing feature when it comes time to sell your home.


If it’s time for a kitchen facelift and soapstone is something you’d like to consider, learn more about, or see for yourself contact the countertop experts at McGrory Inc. now!