As a metamorphosed, easily worked igneous stone, soapstone
has heat retention qualities that make it an ideal surface for sinks, kitchen countertops, laboratory tops, fireplace facings, inner hearths or cladding for freestanding coal or wood-fired room heaters.
Because it is non-porous, soapstone is chemical-, stain- and weather-resistant. With it's durability, soapstone naturally maintains its "soapy" feeling and soft talc look.
You can slightly alter the shade of architectural grade soapstone (which has a lower talc content of about 30-50%) to achieve a dark-charcoal black by applying mineral oil, which can be purchased at any supermarket or drugstore. Continue to rub the mineral oil on the surface of the soapstone repeating the process until you reach the shade of darkness that you want. Depending on design and how it will be used, a darker soapstone may be more desirable because it shows less scratches that may occur over time.
Caring for soapstone is so easy because unless you want to use mineral oil for a darker look, you don't have to do anything at all! Soapstone will naturally achieve a slightly darkened patina with use and time.