Soapstone stands out among the many countertop materials because of both its natural beauty and its durability. These counters are non-porous, stain resistant, heat resistant, and extremely tough. Because of its many natural benefits, soapstone does not require a lot of maintenance in order to remain functional and beautiful. Keep reading to learn how to care for your soapstone countertops to help them endure day-to-day use and extend their lifespan.
After purchasing your new, beautiful, high-quality countertops in Marietta, you must oil them before using them. Wait about 24 hours after installing your soapstone countertops to give the glue enough time to dry before oiling them. Start by wiping off any dust and debris that may still be on the counters. Then pour a mineral oil directly onto the countertops. Using a rag, wipe the entire surface of the counter until every area is covered. Allow the oil to sit on the counter for around half an hour before wiping off any excess oil with a clean rag. This initial oiling will really bring out the natural color and beauty of the soapstone.
Because soapstone counters are non-porous, they do not soak up the mineral oil. Over time, the oil evaporates, and the color begins to fade from a deep black to a light gray. The first few months following the countertop installation, you should oil the counter around once a week. After the first few months, you will still need to oil it, but not as frequently. The frequency with which you should oil the counter will depend on how often you use the counters and how often you clean them. On average, homeowners add oil to their counters once every two or three months. The more you use and clean your counters, the more often you will need to oil them. It may also depend on your personal preference. Un-oiled soapstone is a lighter shade of gray and oiled soapstone is a richer black. If you like the lighter color more, then you don’t need to oil the counters as frequently. So, how do you know when it’s time to apply more oil? Place a few drops of water on the counter. If the water doesn’t bead on the surface, it is time to put on more oil.
Even with daily use, soapstone counters do not require a lot of cleaning. The material doesn’t stain and is resistant to bacteria. Because it is heat resistant, you don’t need to worry about scorch marks. And, since it’s chemically neutral, acidic foods like lemon juice won’t damage the surface. To clean your counters, all you need is a sponge and some soapy water. If there is stuck-on food, you can use a more abrasive cleaner like Ajax to remove it.
Despite being extremely durable, soapstone counters can still get scratches. Luckily, the majority of scratches can be taken care of simply by applying more mineral oil. Deeper scratches may require sanding to remove them. You can contact a professional to sand out the scratch or do it yourself with 120-grit sandpaper. Sand the area in a circular motion and, when you are finished, oil the counters again.
For more countertop maintenance tips and any other countertop needs, contact us at Atlantis Granite & Marble, LLC today!