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Old 07-30-2015, 11:05 AM   #1
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I was asked if I knew anything about soapstone. I don't and I never hear about it.

Does anyone have an opinion on soapstone kitchen counters?

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It is a soft stone--best if you are going for the antique look---

It is soft,scratches easily and absorbs oils---occasional sanding is needed to remove the nicks and scratches---it will look like it is 100 years old in short order.

If you like the mat finish and the slightly imperfect surface it is great.

Colors vary from off white--to shades of gray--to greens and black---

Very expensive in the more interesting colors.
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MUST be sealed regularly--

In the long ago and days it was used for laboratory counters--most often pure black or green---
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A beautiful stone with a high maintenance schedule. Mineral oil a few times a year.
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Thanks guys.

The few photos I have seen, its a bit dark. Seems like all nice countertops take maintenance. This person won't have time and won't bother.
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Thanks guys.

The few photos I have seen, its a bit dark. Seems like all nice countertops take maintenance. This person won't have time and won't bother.
Very few things in life are no work. Certain granites require no treatment. true Absolute black as an example. Silestone requires no sealing.
These are put in thousands of kitchens every year with very few complaints.
In the last 15 years I have put in one laminate counter top.
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Ron,
I'll have to look up silestone. Never heard of it before.

thanks, really appreciate this. This person cooks a lot and not likely to clean up right away so quartz sounds perfect.

PS, the only negative I read, in quick search, is quartz can fade, over time, in direct sunlight. Since this is Fla would a good window prevent that? Personally my kitchen is on north side and I have deep soffits so I wouldn't have to worry.

I'm trying to check overall prices of granit vs quartz.

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There are various price categories in both granite and Silestone. Silestone is just one company that sells, quartz counters.
One issue with the quartz counters is that they will discolor if you put a cast-iron or other heavy frying pan directly on the surface after using it.
I know that sounds like a stupid thing to do, but I'm sure it's happened more then a few times.
The high temps cause a discoloration(burn mark) in the resin. You can't get it out like you can with Corian.
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It is a good looking product (quartz tops) and a good choice for a person who is abusive to the tops---very stain resistant and more difficult to scratch than most natural stone
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I did soapstone diy. Generally it starts gray and stays gray. Mineral oil turns it black but not permanently. Oil will wash/wear off. Soapstone is soft but dense. It does not absorb things well. One wash with soap will return the surface to gray. It took about 10 years of use to turn it permanently black. Unused far away corners stayed gray. It was diy and it is more forgiving than other hard tops. Some buyers did not like it nor accepted the finish as it was.
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