Veteran Soapstone Owners: How often do you oil?
Hello! My question seems like it would be regularly discussed here, but I searched this forum a few times and couldn't find anything definitive. Please let me know if I've missed the obvious.
In the meantime, we've had our Mariana Reserve soapstone for 3 months. After enjoying a few weeks of the lovely un-oiled look, we figured out our daily habits required that we oil the stone. We have used both mineral oil alone, and the combo beeswax/mineral oil. We've oiled an average of 2-3 times per month. This is not a time-consuming process--it takes me about 10 minutes in the evening to apply the oil, and about 5 minutes the next morning to wipe the excess. Not a significant maintenance issue in the grand scheme of cleaning my kitchen. However, I'm wondering at what point my soapstone counters will maintain more of the oil for a longer period of time? I daily wipe them down with a dishcloth squeezed of soapy water to remove the usual mess of a family, and realize this diminishes, over time, the oiling.
But if you've had your soapstone counters a while, how often do you oil them at this point?