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Where does the best soapstone come from?

Soapstone is often used in the finishing of Jotul and Scan stoves and pre-fabricated fireplaces. We are often asked to explain why soapstone? Soapstone is a metamorphic rock composed primarily of talc with varying amounts of chlorite, mica, carbonates and other minerals. Many people use the name “soapstone” or “soapstone” and this is used interchangeably with “soapstone”. Because soapstone is made primarily of talc, it is very soft. Soapstone is usually grey, bluish, green or brown in color and is often variegated. The name “soapstone” comes from its tactile “soapy” feel, soft to the touch. This sensation is caused by the talc content in the stone. The talc content of architectural soapstone is typically between 50 and 75 percent, making it soft and smooth. However, other minerals in the composition give the stone strength and durability.

Geography of soapstone

Most soapstone deposits were formed between 300 and 400 million years ago and can be found throughout the world. It is known that large centers for the extraction of “soapstone” in the ancient world existed in India and Iran. Today, the most productive soapstone quarries are located in Brazil, the United States, Finland and India. Several natural properties of soapstone make it suitable for use as a lining for wood-burning stoves. The hardness and durability of soapstone can be compared to high-end marble, yet it is relatively easy to manufacture.

As a metamorphic rock, it is very resistant to heat. In fact, soapstone is often used to cast metals such as lead, tin and silver. It was also traditionally used for cooking pots, pizza stones and other cookware, fireplaces, wood stoves, and even smoking pipes.

Soapstone is non-porous, making it stain resistant and limiting the ability of germs and bacteria to penetrate the surface, increasing its hygienic properties. It is also suitable for making shells. Because soapstone is basically talc, which is chemically inert, it is highly resistant to etching and chemical reactions that could ruin its beauty.

Physical properties of soapstone

  • soft and very easy to cut,
  • non-porous – dense stone,
  • low electrical conductivity,
  • heat resistant,
  • high specific heat capacity,
  • resistant to acids and alkalis.

Soapstone does not burn or melt at the combustion temperature of wood, and also has the ability to absorb heat, retain it and radiate it. These properties make it an excellent material for wood stoves. The stove heats up and radiates heat into the room. It also retains heat, keeps the coals hot, and often allows the owner to add wood to the stove without the need for kindling.

Soapstone is chemically inert, heat resistant and durable, but also malleable. These qualities, combined with its beauty and ease of care, made it a suitable option for several uses.

Using Soapstone

Soapstone has a matte finish, so you don’t have to worry about fingerprints or drip marks. And because soapstone is non-porous, it is weather resistant, making it popular as a countertop surface for kitchens or even pool edges.

Soapstone can also be installed vertically or tiled on shower walls. Some architects have also found that soapstone tiles work well for bathroom flooring because of their water resistance and high adhesion.

Because soapstone has low thermal conductivity, it is not as cold in the winter as many other types of tile floors.

Other popular uses for soapstone in the home include fireplaces and wood stoves. Over the past few years, its use has increased significantly in areas with colder climates for use in the manufacture/fabrication of fireplaces and stoves. When used as a fire brick, it can absorb large amounts of heat and radiate softly for several hours.

Our store’s assortment includes stoves and ready-made fireplaces with soapstone cladding. This stone is mainly used for cladding by the Norwegian manufacturer of stoves and fireplaces Jotul, and the Danish manufacturer of stoves Scan.

Making soapstone

Soapstone is a less challenging material for manufacturers. Because the rock is softer than other natural stone materials, the manufacturing process is faster, requires less labor, and does not require the same heavy-duty cutting tools used for harder materials such as granite or quartz.

Soapstone is a beautiful natural stone that can enhance any kitchen or bathroom. It can be used equally well with ultra-modern or rustic decor. It has a warm finish and the properties of the stone make it ideal for countertops in kitchens and bathrooms, stoves and fireplaces.

Soapstone is the most unusual and sought-after natural stone for countertops and fireplaces in modern styles.

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Soapstone (Soapstone) – It is a metamorphic rock that people commonly call “soapstone”. The name comes from the mineral talc, which makes up about 50% of this rock. Its smooth surface with a silky sheen appears to be coated with fat or wax, and feels very much like smooth soap.

Soapstone, known on the world market by its English name Soapstone, is found in nature in the form of strata deposits, mainly gray-black in color, but sometimes, depending on the quarry and the composition of impurities, it is brown, white with a greenish or yellowish tint. In the usual understanding, soapstone (or soapstone) is primarily a cobblestone that is used in the decoration of baths, since the stone retains heat for a very long time.

Color palette and properties of soapstone

On the market of decorative and finishing materials, soapstone, or Soapstone, is widely known in the form of black or dark gray large-format slabs 2 or 3 cm thick. Sometimes slabs have a simple pattern of thin white veins. The surface of the slabs has a matte, silky shine.

Soapstone (Soapstone) is a relatively soft, but very dense, non-porous and heat-resistant material. Thanks to the high content of talc – an absolutely inert mineral that does not interact with strong acids and simple alkalis – soapstone has gained immense popularity as a material for making countertops not only for the kitchen, but also in chemical laboratories.

The surface of Soapstone is quite easily scratched by glass or other household items, but light rubbing with a coarse brush and treatment with mineral oil to give a beautiful shine will return the surface to its original appearance. But no detergent, spilled wine, coffee or citric or acetic acid will have any effect on your soapstone countertop. Countertops for summer kitchens are also very popular, since soapstone (soapstone) is resistant not only to chemical, but also to atmospheric influences and temperatures.

Soapstone slabs for the manufacture of products and finishing

Because of its beauty and durability, it is steadily gaining popularity as one of the best materials for countertops, sinks and fireplace surrounds. However, the fashionable trend today towards uneven, textured surfaces in interiors, which is a natural characteristic of soapstone (soapstone), has allowed it to occupy one of the leading positions among the current decorative and finishing stones.

Charm Stone supplies slabs of soapstone (soapstone) from India, where one of the largest deposits is located. In our warehouses we always have 2 cm thick slabs in stock, the surface treatment is polishing with a matte, silky sheen.

We will also bring you this material in non-standard formats upon request in a short time and at a competitive price.

If you have any questions or would like to visit our warehouse-showroom, call 8 (800) 201-70-70. We will answer all your questions and help you make your choice.

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