February 24, 2023

Maintaining Soapstone Counters

It’s always so satisfying to check off home-keeping tasks from the "to-do" list - one of ours was to oil the soapstone kitchen counters.

Soapstone is a naturally quarried material that is metamorphic, like marble, and comes from magnesium rich mineral talc. Its colors vary from light gray and darker black, with some having green and blue undertones. I love soapstone and have long used it as a surface material in my kitchens. I chose soapstone for all the countertops and sinks in my studio kitchen located in a guest house here at my Bedford, New York farm. It is easy to care for and only needs a light treatment of mineral oil every few months to keep it looking its best.

Here are some photos and tips, enjoy.