Soapstone, or steatite, is a metamorphic rock formed millions of years ago, forged from the subduction zones of the Earth where the tectonic plates converge in layers. Just like granite and and marble, soapstone is quarried from the ground in blocks. However, unlike the other two stones, soapstone is impermeable and non-porous, so it is in fact completely stain-resistant and immune to absorption of bacteria and other elements. Its inert material makes it impervious to chemicals, acids, and heat, thus making it an ideal matter to utilize for kitchen countertops or cutting boards, or scientific laboratories. Soapstone is also quite forgiving under stress in comparison to granite and marble, and will more likely dent rather than chipping or cracking. It’s ancient durability has proved to last even longer than steel, cast iron, or refractory bricks!
Take a look inside these modern homes, and how they utilize soapstone various surfaces and household items.
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