Tosca Natural Stone
8080 Miramar Rd.                       
San Diego, CA 92126       
Call us! 1-858-578-0799


Over 80 slabs in stock to choose from in both 2 and 3 cm.

Soapstone is a traditional natural stone. Its look is warm, inviting, and rustic yet versatile enough to fit in today’s modern homes. Soapstone colors are rich and beautiful, ranging from ash gray to smoky blue to rich charcoal black. Some stones have flecks of green and blue, and contrasting veins twisting throughout the stone.

A siliceous stone, acidic items such as wine, lemons and vinegar will not stain it. Soapstone is also nonporous and therefore does not absorb liquids and stains like other natural stones. Soapstone is well known for its ability to tolerate heat. Setting a hot pot on your soapstone countertop, for example, won't scorch or burn it. 

Over time, soapstone’s edges will soften and you'll start to see small nicks, scratches, and indentations. If you like the aged antique look, the patina of this natural stone might be perfect for you, as it ages gradually and gracefully. If you don't care for the small nicks and scratches, mineral oil or a light sanding will smooth them out. Mineral oil also enhances and deepens the color of soapstone.

How do I maintain my Soapstone?

Soapstone requires very little maintenance, since it will not absorb liquids and doesn’t need any special handling around heat or acids.  In the beginning, you will want to apply mineral oil to help in the oxidizing process and to keep a homogenous color.  Over time, this color will ‘set’, and oiling will no longer be necessary. 

To apply the mineral oil, simply use a clean cotton cloth, and wipe on the oil in circular motions.  After 20 minutes or so, wipe off any excess.   You can continue this process every few weeks as needed (you will notice the lighter grey showing through when it needs to be re-oiled).  Over time, the soapstone will naturally darken evenly, and will no longer require any oil.

Sometimes, new scratches in soapstone will appear white, which is simply a residual of talc dust.  But further application of mineral oil will remove the dust and restore its lustrous dark color.  Deeper scratches can be first removed by hand using a #150 or higher sandpaper.  Gently rub over the scratch, followed by a touch up of mineral oil. 

As for cleaning up on a daily basis, any household cleaner will do fine with the soapstone.  But since it does not absorb liquids, your soapstone countertop should not require strong cleaning.  Usually, just soap and water are sufficient.