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Soapstone countertopsSoapstone the Original Stone Countertop
For generations New Englanders have enjoyed the beauty, durability and longevity of soapstone, and now you can as well.

The rediscovery of soapstone has been sweeping the country on television home shows as well as in magazines. You may have seen our soapstone featured recently on TLC's new hit show MOVING UP, or lauded in editorial copy in Old House Interiors Early Homes, Tile Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen and Bath Ideas, Traditional Building, Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen Remodeling, or Inspired House to name a few.

The reasons for soapstone's popularity is its' durability and good looks. Soapstone is not a "fussy" stone and fits into a family's busy lifestyle. Practically indestructible, soapstone won't burn or stain, requires very little maintenance, and adds value and elegance to any home building project.

Custom design work can include soapstone countertops, kitchens, bathrooms (even tubs!), fireplace surrounds, and restoration work.

Soapstone is made up of mineral deposits created by nature and quarried from the earth. The main mineral components in soapstone include talc, chlorite, dolomite and magnesite, giving a warm, soft feeling to the touch. Soapstone has a unique soft color with light flowing veins. When cut, it oxidizes from light grey to dark charcoal in color. A protective coat of mineral oil makes its color even more dramatic.

Soapstone is a perfect choice for countertops, backsplashes, sinks with drainboards, and islands. It's durable and quite dense surface possesses all the beauty of granite or marble, with none of the drawbacks.

For centuries, soapstone has been quarried and used throughout the world. Soapstone was traditionally used in colonial New England for fireplace hearths, sinks, countertops, and wood stoves.

Current Uses
In addition to soapstone's traditional uses, it is currently used for stair treads, balusters, sills, island tops and mixing bowls. Because of its unparalleled heat retention characteristics, it is the perfect choice for cookware, cook tops, oven floors, masonry heaters and fireplace liners. After soapstone is initially heated from burning wood, pellets or coal, it slowly radiates the heat evenly for hours - even after the fire is out! Soapstone can also be used for carving and sculpture.

Soapstone fits perfectly when it comes to achieving a "rustic" or "old fashioned" look. It also integrates well with modern designs, and is offered with many edge treatments and surface finishes. The addition of soapstone adds value and elegance to any building project.

Practically indestructible, Soapstone is an excellent alternative natural stone to use in place of granite or marble. Soapstone won't burn or stain and requires very little maintenance. Soapstones are inert - meaning acids and alkalis will not etch soapstone as they will other stones. For decades, soapstone has been used extensively in laboratories and science classrooms for sinks, flooring, and work surfaces. Its durable and dense composition make it ideal for these applications.

Available Variations:
Original Natural UntreatedOriginal
Original Natural Oil Treated Original
(oil treated)
Ice Flower Natural Untreated Ice Flower™
Ice Flower Natural Oil Treated Ice Flower™
(oil treated)

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