Midwest Specialty Products, LLC

frequently asked questions

​​Q: Is there any special maintenance required for soapstone?
A: There is actually no special maintenance required for Soapstone. Most of our customers choose to apply mineral oil to the surface of their

Soapstone countertops, but it is not necessary. Mineral oil is applied to the surface, only to darken the stone and enhance its natural beauty.

Soapstone appears naturally as a light grey, chalky looking surface. When mineral oil is applied to the soapstone, the surface will darken

to dark charcoals and blacks, and the veining in the soapstone will really come to life. The mineral oil is not sealing the soapstone or protecting

the soapstone, but merely darkening the soapstone.

Q: What happens if you do not oil Soapstone? 
A: Nothing negative will happen to your soapstone if you choose not apply mineral oil, or if you forget to apply mineral oil. Over time the stone

will darken naturally on its own. You will notice the soapstone darkening quicker around the high use areas, such as the sink, stovetop,

prep areas, etc. If initially you leave your counters un-oiled and months later you want to oil them, that is fine. You do not have to commit

to oiling soapstone the day it is installed.

Q: How do you clean soapstone?
A: We recommend using mild soap and water to clean your soapstone countertops. Because soapstone is dense and non-porous, it is very

germ and bacteria resistant. Soapstone is naturally a clean surface. That being said, you can use any common household cleaners on your

soapstone counters. You do not have to worry about using ammonia based cleaners, like you would with granite and marble.

Q: Can you set hot objects directly on a Soapstone surface?
A: Yes, setting hot pots or pans directly on your soapstone counters will not affect the surface. In Europe, soapstone is used primarily for the manufacturing of masonry heaters and wood burning stoves. Setting hot objects on your counters will not crack, discolor, or harm the soapstone.

Q: Do you need to seal soapstone?
A: No, sealers are used on stones that are porous, or stones that will etch. Soapstone is not porous and it will not etch.

Q: Can you scratch Soapstone?
A: Soapstone is a very durable, proven countertop material, but it can be scratched. The good news if you do not like the scratches, they can

be buffed out with standard sand paper. Often what appears to be a scratch is actually the mineral oil being removed from the surface. Usually

the “scratch” can be removed just by applying mineral oil to the area. Many of our customers like the patina that develops over time with

their soapstone countertops.