Soapstone is a metamorphic rock. There are two different materials popularly called soapstone. The first being Talc, the softest mineral on earth, mostly used in the manufacturing of cosmetics, refractory materials, sculptures, and everyday items such as toothpaste, baby powder and even chewing gum. The rock steatite (also called soapstone) is the material used for countertops, sinks, masonry heaters, flooring, and many other architectural applications.
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Soapstone is softer than most other natural stone and,although soft, soapstone is a very dense (non-porous) stone; more so than marble, slate, limestone and even granite. Since soapstone is impenetrable, it will not stain, no liquid will permeate its surface.
Soapstone is quarried like granite but provides a smooth texture. Soapstone is a heavy, mineral talc composition that can endure temperatures up to 600 degrees. Soapstone enhances any décor with its rich and distinctive character. Stone LA offers both a finish accentuating the natural attributes of the stone as well as an option to enhance the stone to a polished finish.