Soapstone-mineral oil or wax?

cicely_2010May 7, 2010

My fabricator just e-mailed me an article from Dorado Soapstone recommending wax over mineral oil. What do you that already have soapstone think? What about the soapstone experts? Which is best? Has there already been discussion about this? Sorry if I am repeating.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

You can use either. I prefer the Beekeepers Gold by William-Sonoma. It's a blend of beeswax and mineral oil. It seems to keep darker longer with this product. The oil is fine but for me it looks so blotchy when evaporating and it just seems too greasy. I can't find the beekeepers gold on their website but I bought mine at the store. It is a bit of a pain to put on, just fyi!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 8:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I used the bottle of mineral oil supplied by the fabricator. The finish does not last long and it doesn't have the soft dry feel the soapstone has. Several people (including Joshua) recommended beeswax and mineral oil by Clapham among other brands. Some people make it themselves. It lasts much longer (weeks vs. days) and feels soft and not oily. I do not mind the process of putting it on and polishing when it dries. If I am short on time, I'll do a counter a day.

Here is a link that might be useful: Clapham's on Amazon

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 8:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have a sample piece from Philly soapstone that they put on both the oil and the wax for me two weeks ago. The oil has evaporated or disappeared but the waxed area is still dark and feels smoother. It didn't look hard to put on at all - she just dipped a cloth in the wax jar and rubbed it on for a few seconds. The only problem is that their wax has walnut oil and I have a child with peanut allergies so that may be a contraindication.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 8:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My counters are new. I oiled them the first time, but now I'm using the beeswax/oil combination. I love the silky feel of the counters.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 6:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I use my cooking oil so probably organic safflower. LOL!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 7:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


Per someone on here's rec (Pluckymama maybe?), I ordered the Dry Wax from Dorado & love it. I think I've used it twice and it's been at least 3 months & I still don't need to reapply. Smooth results.


    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 8:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

hi, just used beekeepers gold on my ss counters - and i like it more than oil. takes a little more elbow grease to put on but is not shiny - part of why i like soapstone is that it is matte, not reflective.

and, had one of those days when putting on the wax was very soothing..

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 6:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'm a die-hard non-oiler. I find it unnecessary for my type of soapstone. I don't mind the one less step. I do have to remove oil spatters with a de-greaser (Simple Green brand).
Mine is Alberene "Church Hill" variety, quarried in Virginia. America's only active soapstone quarries.


    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 10:12PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Are you "oiling" it to get it darker? If so, here's a useful thread from late 2007 by our good friend Florida_Joshua!

Here is a link that might be useful: What keeps soapstone darker longer. . .The answer! ! !

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 10:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

there is a YouTube video that explains everything Dry Wax vs. Oil

the guy even makes a note xyz days after applying both the oil and the wax and you can tell the results.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2010 at 11:01AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Alberene Soapstone recommends their new dry wax product.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dry Wax info page

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 11:41AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Mixing cabinet lines within the same brand?
Komy, LWO, Jackuvall, I know you can mix cabinets in...
Please help with Kitchen floorplan
Hello everyone, My husband and I are building a new...
Need similar tile Recommendations
Hi. I'm looking for a similar tile that's in the pics...
What are your thoughts on Ikea Sektion base cabinets?
I've commented here over and over that since this little...
Strategies for washing dishes in a large single sink vs double sink
Hi all, We have in our plans to get a large (33 inch)...
Sponsored Products
Barcelona Bowl with Scroll by Maxim Lighting
$338.00 | Lumens
Indoor Ceiling Light with Fan: Design House Juneau 52 in. Oil Rubbed Bronze Ceil
Home Depot
Brushed Nickel Single Handle Bathroom Faucet
MR Direct Sinks and Faucets
Stone Mill Hardware Oil Rubbed Bronze Ivy Cabinet Pull (Pack of 10)
Illume Sketchbook Ceramic Candle
Grandin Road
Spencer Oiled Bronze Five-Light Chandelier with Amber Scavo Glass
$210.00 | Bellacor
Oil Rubbed Bronze Whitehaus 514.463TF Blairhaus Deck Tub Filler Shower Head
$439.00 | Blue Bath
Green 5050 LED Strip Light 60/m 10mm wide 5m Reel
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™