Hi, I like the way soapstone looks in pictures, but everything I read about it from actual homeowners sounds terrible. I'm confused ... how can a company say the following statements about it and at the same time homeowners complain about the product? Here is what the local stone place's website says about soapstone. What is the truth?
"Soapstone is great for kitchen and bath countertops due to it's durability and good looks. Other features include:
Soapstone is a natural quarried stone.
Soapstone is very dense (non porous) more dense than marble, slate, limestone and even granite.
The only maintenance required for soapstone is the application of mineral oil: however, the oil is not "sealing" or protecting the stone, it merely speeds up the natural darkening process that soapstone goes through.
Soapstone is available in various thickness. 1 1/4" thickness is standard for countertops.
Soapstone has been used as sinks and wash tubs since the 1800's.
Soapstone will not burn or stain and is practically indestructable.
Quarried in Brazil, Finland and India."