About Soapstone

Soapstone is a truly unique product commonly used for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, sinks, floor tiles, fireplace surrounds and fire bricks. It provides a timeless aesthetic appeal as well as a durable and attractive element to today’s home renovation projects.

People select Soapstone for its distinctive look and feel. It is warm, soft and silky to the touch and is installed to a matte finish. Soapstone doesn’t require any maintenance to protect it from staining. Its known for its durability, heat and stain resistancy and has been used in science classrooms and chemistry laboratories for many decades. This makes Soapstone the perfect application for kitchen countertops, especially when you consider that a home kitchen is very much like a science lab.

“My wife makes homemade playdough directly on the stone and the food dye doesn’t even penetrate. It scrubs right off and doesn’t leave any residual stains.” — Neal, Moorestown, NJ

One little-known fact about soapstone is that it conducts heat. It’s a great place to thaw out meat, poultry and fish. Conversely, it also retains cold, so if you wanted to make your countertop cold for any reason, you can simply place a bag of ice on the stone for a period of time and then use the cold surface for  your intended purpose. Such uses might include rolling out a pie crust or making homemade ice cream.

Soapstone Characteristics at a Glance:

  • Non-porous
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Stain and Heat Resistant – tolerates hot pots without a trivet
  • Honed (Matte) Finish
  • Worry-free stone. No maintenance required to protect it from staining
  • Stylish and timeless – lasts a lifetime and never needs replacing
  • Warm stone, soft and silky to the touch – mineral talc gives soapstone a silky feel

One of the most frequently asked questions is price. Depending on the size,  a Soapstone countertop could run approximately $65 – $85 per square foot (installed). Other options include  do-it-yourself and fabricated-to-spec slabs. Note that it’s absolutely crucial to have someone who is specialized in the fabrication and installation of Soapstone. Philadelphia Soapstone is comprised of specialized, knowledgeable, highly trained professionals who undersand the major differences between soapstone, granite and marble. Be  wary of other countertop companies who say, “Sure, we can install soapstone.” This is often not the case. Soapstone is a totally different stone, requiring different tooling.

At Philadelphia Soapstone, we are committed to providing you with superior service at every step in your home renovation process. From slab selection to template design, fabrication to installation, our seasoned experts will guide you in making a well thought-out, confident Soapstone purchase that will delight you and your entire family for generations.

Obtain your FREE QUOTE  today.

Contact joemack@phillysoapstone.com to request a 4” x 4” Soapstone sample in the mail or to schedule a visit to our showroom and factory in Blackwood, NJ.

Call (856) 232-7627 with any questions or to receive additional information.

Warm, Ageless and Environmentally Green

About three years ago, Bob and I remodeled our kitchen.  Since we have an older home, 1935, we wanted the kitchen to be updated and modern but also to complement our home. Soapstone has a reputation for being old-fashioned.  After all, it was common in homes, particularly in New England and has been used for a couple of centuries.  There are many homes in New England where the 100+ years old soapstone is still stands.  There really is nothing quite like soapstone.  It’s extraordinarily beautiful and possesses remarkable stability.  Soapstone develops its own personality.  So, after doing much research and many nay sayers comments, we had soapstone installed.  I love everything about it and am happy we made the choice to go that way.  As a bonus, it’s the most environmentally friendly counter top available because from taking it from the quarry to preparing it for the consumer, near zero impact on our planet.