Our soapstone requires very little maintenance. If you decide to oil your soapstone, it can be done as often as you like to achieve the richness you desire. Since soapstone is non-porous, it will not retain any bacteria in its surface. Cleaning can be as simple as soapy water or any standard household cleaner. There are no special cleaners for your soapstone countertops and no chemical can harm your soapstone. One thing everyone should know about soapstone is that it will scratch. Most new scratches will appear white which is simply a residue of talc dust. Application of mineral oil will remove the soapstone dust and restore its lustrous dark color, blending the scratches to an almost unnoticeable appearance.
Oiling soapstone Counter tops is purely aesthetic. It does nothing to protect or treat soapstone. If you want your soapstone counters to appear darker, follow the steps below.
First 7-8 days: Oil soapstone countertops every night, wiping off any excess in the morning with a paper towel. Repeat this process daily until the counters darken to the desired color. To get an idea of how oil will transform the look of your soapstone surface, link to our FAQ to see a video about how to oil your soapstone countertops.
After the initial application of oil, oil the countertops every time the color appears to be getting lighter. Each application of oil will cling to the surface better than the previous one.
Suggestion: Use the same rag each time. Keep the oiled rag in a plastic bag in a convenient location.
A few simple recommendations can help protect your soapstone.
Avoid using rough or abrasive materials to clean your soapstone counters.
If needing to remove dried food or liquid from the soapstone surface, soak the countertops by wetting a sponge and setting it over the area needing to be cleaned. As soon as it loosens up, wipe away the remaining substance.
Use a cutting board or butcher block instead of cutting directly on the soapstone. This will help keep your knives sharp and help prevent scratches on your countertops.
If oiling your soapstone, be sure to follow the initial oiling instructions. Remember that soapstone is dense and non-porous. It does not absorb the oil, so multiple applications of oil are necessary to build up a significant layer of oil. Attempting to build up the layer all in one day can cause a sticky surface. Without a buildup of multiple layers of oil, the surface may appear scratched more easily. This is because it is very easy to scratch away a single coat of oil.
Shallow scratches will often disappear with an application of oil.
Removing Scratches from Soapstone Counters
An application of oil didn't cause the scratch to disappear? Have no fear! Follow these steps to remove the scratch from your honed soapstone surface.
Larger nicks and scratches can be sanded out with 150-grit sandpaper. To hone the surface like new, finish sanding with 220-grit sandpaper. After sanding, re-apply oil as done initially. The offending mark should be gone.
Any household cleaner can be used to clean soapstone counters
One environmental benefit of Soapstone is its high resistance to bacteria. Therefore, it is not necessary to use harsh cleaners or chemicals to remove bacterial from soapstone countertops. Soapy dishwater should sufficiently sterilize the surface from any food or drink remnants.
Caring for soapstone is the same whether you have soapstone tiles, sinks, counters or bathroom vanities.