Soapstone can take the heat
Soapstone is heat-resistant. You can take a pan right from the stove and put it on the countertop.
No professional repairs are needed. Unlike granite and marble, scratches in soapstone don’t require professional attention. Almost all scratches go away with a small application of dry wax (or mineral oil) if you’ve used those products on the countertop previously.
Deeper scratches require some simple sanding (just like you would sand a piece of wood).
You can follow the instructions below, or watch the YouTube video that’s linked here. (The instructions will be the same.)
You’ll need three different grades of sandpaper or sanding pads, which are available at most hardware stores (the grade—or grit—denotes how coarse the sandpaper or pad is). You’ll need 80, 120 and 200 grit paper (or, better yet, sanding pads).
- Starting with 80 grit, lightly rub on and around the scratched area until you see that most of the scratch is worn away. Be careful not to sand so much that you create a divot or depression.
- Switch to 120 grit sandpaper and continue sanding the affected area.
- To finish, change to 200 grit sandpaper and smooth out the area.
- Apply dry wax or mineral oil if that’s what you’ve used to treat the stone.
Soapstone doesn’t require sealer. Unlike marble and granite, nonporous soapstone has its own inherent, natural protection, so there’s no need to seal it with chemical agents. (In fact, we recommend that it not be sealed.)
Soapstone maintains its color. If you want to treat your soapstone in order to make it darker, there are three basic ways to do so: mineral oil, dry wax, and chemical treatments (e.g., Tenax Tiger Ager).
If, like many people, you prefer the stone’s natural coloring, you won’t need to do anything. The stone will acquire a slightly darker patina as it ages, but will not change color significantly.