Soapstone, also called steatite, is quarried in mines since it is for a fact, a natural stone. Its proudest feature is its beauty as it gives a milky warmth appearance. Go to showrooms and try to touch this mineral. See for yourself what its soft, bar soap texture is all about. It is made up of 50 percent talc, which gives the same feel as regular soap. The other 50 percent is from a variety of other minerals making it effectively ensure active kitchen use.
There are two categories of soapstone, one is artistic, and the other is architectural. Artistic soapstone contains 75 percent talc, ideal for sculpting and carving. On the other hand, architectural soapstone has lesser talc content containing 60 percent. This is primarily used for countertops and fixtures such as sinks and fireplaces.
If you’re thinking of getting soapstone as your countertop, weigh out these pros and cons and decide whether this material is a good fit for you.
The average cost of this material is around $70 to $120 per square foot. Still, there are more affordable options of soapstone that can fit your budget. Its price varies depending on the supplier, quality, thickness, and design – all that needs to be considered when buying any material you need for renovation.