Soapstone is a popular kitchen material due to its heat resistance, stain resistance, and durability. As the leading provider of soapstone kitchen countertops in Wayne, PA, we’re proud to provide this fantastic natural stone to hundreds of homeowners every year. While soapstone has some incredible resistant properties, it’s still important to take care of countertops to get longevity out of your purchase. Below are some tips on how to do just that:
General Cleaning Care
It’s incredibly simple to clean soapstone countertops using just mild soap and warm water. If you decide to enrich the surface using mineral oil, we recommend avoiding chemical cleaning products as they can undo that process.
Using Mineral Oil to Darken the Soapstone
Soapstone naturally darkens with age, and some people use the mineral to speed this process up and make sure that the surface has an even impact. Mineral oils work naturally to help the countertop area darken. If you decide to use this method to speed up the darkening process, use a cloth rag to apply the oil and buff the surface.
If you notice the countertop starting to brighten up, you’ll need to reapply the mineral oil. This is typically required between every 1-3 months. Once this process has been repeated over 8-12 months, the dark color will become permanent. After applying the mineral oil, be sure to store the rag in a resealable container or bag so that it can be reused.
When applying mineral oil, be sure to put your rag into a resealable bag or container so you can reuse it.
Bees’ Wax May Be a Better Option.
In addition to utilizing mineral oil to darken your soapstone countertop on its own, you can also use our Bees’ Wax which is a mixture of bees’ wax and mineral oil. By combining these natural products, we’re able to help customers enhance their soapstones’ natural colors, and one coat of Bees’ Wax will suffice compared to multiple mineral oil coatings.
Use a cloth to apply this mixture, and allow it to set for a good few hours before wiping the area dry. Although one application should suffice, if you notice the countertop lightening, you can reapply the Bees’ Wax without causing any damage to the surface.