Soapstone is a beautiful natural stone with a lot of aesthetic and performance benefits. If you’re considering soapstone countertops for your kitchen or bath, you should educate yourself on the benefits and drawbacks to soapstone countertops. Look no further, here are the pros and cons of using soapstone as a countertop material in your home:


  • Heat resistant
  • Stain resistant, non-porous surface will not absorb liquids or harbor bacteria
  • Requires no sealants or chemicals
  • Environmentally-friendly in that it’s entirely recyclable
  • Beautiful gray, green, or blue coloring with marble-esque veining
  • Very durable and ages well
  • Investment for your home – increases your selling value
  • Requires regular oiling with mineral oil to maintain color and texture and to prevent and repair scratches
  • Limited color and pattern selection due to it being a natural stone
  • Varied surface textures can be rough
  • Cost and cost of installation can be higher than other natural stone materials
  • Soapstone is soft – exact level of hardness varies – meaning that it can scratch or dent easily


Like all countertop materials, there are good and bad aspects of soapstone. In this case, however, for people who love the gorgeous, unique look soapstone has to offer, the positives outweigh the negatives. If you’re looking for new countertops for your remodel project or for your new home, consider soapstone for your kitchen or bath.


Kowalski Granite and Quartz has soapstone slabs available, in addition to a variety of other natural and engineered stones. Contact us for more information or to schedule a visit to our showroom. And don’t forget that our showroom is always open to the public, so please feel free to stop by at your convenience if you’d like to take a look.