As a top-rated installer of natural stone countertops, Bucks County Soapstone understands the importance of maintaining our countertops. While our soapstone countertops have a reputation for being durable, proper care is still necessary to preserve its beauty and function for years to come. Check out this video on a few things every new soapstone countertop owner needs to know, and keep reading for more information about proper maintenance.
Soapstone is nonporous, which means it is bacteria-resistant and won’t stain. Since it’s chemically neutral, acidic substances like lemon juice won’t leave blemishes. It’s also heat-resistant, which means hot cookware won’t scorch it. Cleaning your soapstone countertop is a breeze! Use a sponge dipped in soapy water. If you see blemishes, you can remove them with a coat of mineral oil.
Applying Mineral Oil
For the first few months, you should use a clean rag to apply a coat of mineral oil to your countertop about once a week. Once it’s evenly coated, you can wipe the excess oil off with another clean rag or paper towel. Mineral oil can be found in any hardware store or pharmacy, although it doesn’t matter what type of mineral oil you use. How frequently you apply mineral oil depends on how dark you want the stone to be! Oil helps the soapstone to oxidize, which leads to a rich, charcoal color.
Scratches on the Countertop
Soapstone sure is durable, yet relatively soft. It if you accidentally scratch the surface or nick an edge, don’t worry; you can use fairly coarse sandpaper over the area to even everything out. Mineral oil can disguise or repair minor scratches. While scratches and little dents over time may add to a well-worn patina that your soapstone countertop wears proudly, remember to use a cutting board!
Bucks County Soapstone
While there are many reasons to get a soapstone countertop, learning about proper treatment will help its beauty withstand the test of time (and all the meals you’ll prepare on it). If you are looking for more information about how to properly care for sandstone or black countertop options, contact us today!