This is a very traditional look, often seen in the northeast and New England. Soapstone contains a high amount of talc, and is therefore softer and can scratch more easily. The material is non-porous and etch-resistant, and can handle the highest amount of heat of all other natural stone.
  • Overview: Primarily characterized by a soapy sensation when touched, soapstone has high talc content.
  • Appearance: The color of soapstone ranges greatly depending upon the type of soapstone used. Over time, natural soapstone develops a natural patina.
  • Beneficial Features: The material is stain-, chemical-, and water-resistant but scratches easily.
  • Care Instructions: Clean with water.

Soapstone is a metamorphosed, easily worked, igneous stone characterized by a "soapy" feeling when touched. Colors range from dark gray to bluish or greenish gray.  Its heat retention qualities make it an ideal cladding for freestanding coal or wood-fired room heaters.   Soapstone is also chemical, stain, and weather-resistant, and is useful for sinks and laboratory tops