Soapstone is showing up all over homes these days, thanks to its beautiful patterns and ability to resist stains. But just because Soapstone is popular doesn’t mean it is an ideal choice for your home surfaces.
Soapstone has quite a few drawbacks that make it less-than-ideal as the primary countertop in your home.
Here are some drawbacks of Soapstone you should be aware of before you choose to install new countertops.
Soapstone: what you need to know
Soapstone does have unique properties that have attracted homeowners, namely that it is heat-resistant, stain-resistant, and crack-resistant – three major benefits that are worth noting.
Soapstone is unique as a mined stone in that it is non-porous, unlike marble and granite. This means that liquids cannot penetrate the surface of the stone – just like quartz and FriTech™!
The major downside of Soapstone is that it is very soft.
Soapstone is made up of talc, the softest mineral with a Mohs value of 1. Talc makes up anywhere from 30%-50% of soapstone, resulting in a Mohs value of around 2.5.
This is less than marble, meaning that soapstone can be easily scratched by a knife, a plate, a metal utensil, or kitchen appliances. It’s the most easily scratched countertop on the market!
This softness does make it more malleable, meaning that it is less likely to crack due to a hard impact, but we know that scratching is far more likely than cracking due to normal kitchen wear and tear.
Because Soapstone is so easily scratched by everyday wear, we caution anyone against installing it in their homes.
Quartz: a better solution
Quartz and FriTech countertops are the most durable countertops on the market. They are scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and crack resistant. Like Soapstone, they are non-porous, meaning liquids can’t penetrate the surface. Like granite, they can withstand kitchen wear and tear that would scratch soapstone and chip marble.
Eco-friendly, and available in a dazzling array of patterns and colors, engineered surfaces like quartz and FriTech are durable surfaces that elevate any interior.