Soapstone is a very traditional countertop material, and for good reason.

Soapstone doesn't stain, and does not require a sealer. Instead, Soapstone is typically treated with mineral oil to darken and enhance the color of the stone (it's not necessary to oil soapstone, but most people prefer the deeper color produced by doing so.) Soapstone is not affected by acids contained in typical kitchen items like lemons, wine, or vinegar. It doesn't burn - in fact it holds and radiates heat, and is often used in fireplace surrounds and as cladding on wood stoves.

Soapstone has a matte finish, which is ideal for homeowners who want to get away from the glossy look of a polished stone. It also has a wonderfully luxurious texture (hence the "soap" in Soapstone). Soapstone can and will scratch ~ happily, most scratches can be easily removed by a light sanding, and over time small scratches add to the patina. Soapstone is available in shades of grey, black or green, and typically has delicate but dramatic white veining throughout.