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Kitchen Counters – Soapstone Part 8

Soapstone ages nicely and tiny scratches from normal use develop into a patina like fine sliverware. 

Pros:
Very dense, will not stain or harbor bacteria, and holds up very well in everyday kitchen use.  More durable than granite or slate so cracking or chipping is less likely.  Surface scratches can easily be repaired by the homeowner, disappearing when sanded with ordinary sandpaper then wiped with mineral oil. Does not require sealing of any kind.

Cons:
A softer stone that scratches relatively easily.  Small slabs at a relatively high cost per square foot.  Limited colors blue, green, gray tones, with varying veining.  All mature to a deep charcoal gray over time. Depending on area, selection may be limited.

Summary:
With a unique look and feel, Soapstone is a great choice if you want something out of the oridinary.

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Gregg Cantor, a third generation contractor and owner of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel has successfully remodeled thousands of homes in San Diego County. Gregg's is experienced in all phases of construction and home remodeling including design development, project management, best building practices, code requirements, and contract law. He also writes articles for examiner.com and is co-host of The Home Pro Show Saturday's at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on A.M.600 KOGO San Diego. Follow Gregg's posts.


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