Other Stones

SOAPSTONE is composed largely of talc, which gives it the soapy feel, as well as chlorite, dolomite and magnetite. It is very dense and inert to acids and alkalis, making it a good countertop surface. Freshly quarried soapstone is light gray in color with some spots and patterning, and occasional light or dark veins. Your soapstone countertop will be oiled liberally with pure, clear mineral oil after installation. The oil should be allowed to sit for about an hour, and then the excess wiped off with a cloth. You should repeat this process weekly for a few months, decreasing the frequency to once a month and ultimately to three or four times a year as the stone remains naturally darker between oiling. This darkening also enhances the natural features and variations in the stone and it will eventually develop a rich deep patina. Though soapstone scratches easily, the scratches become quickly invisible with oiling, or use 80 grit sandpaper, if necessary, followed by an oily cloth.

QUARTZ-based stones vary widely in color because of different materials and clays within the stone. These stones can be found in varying hues of light gray, yellow, green and red.It is suitable for countertops and will be sealed after installation, with annual sealing recommended.

LIMESTONE consists mainly of calcium carbonate deposited by the remains of marine animals, or carbonate of lime. Domestic limestone is gray to buff in color. Imported limestone is available in colors ranging from light beige to dark brown, red and black. As with marble surfaces, some special care and maintenance is required with limestone countertops. Your countertop will be sealed after installation, and a quarterly application of a sealer is highly recommended thereafter.

BASALT is the most common type of solidified lava. It often has a glassy appearance and is offered in a silk finish for countertops. Due to its volcanic origins, the stone has voids that are filled during the finishing process, which gives the stone a smooth, even texture. Like other stones, your Basalt countertop will be sealed after installation and it is recommended that you reseal your countertop annually to maintain its beauty.

SANDSTONE is composed mostly of mineral and rock fragments within the sand size of silica, iron oxides, carbonates or clay. Sandstone should be protected to prevent or minimize damage from staining. Stained surfaces are often difficult or impossible to restore. Be sure to use the appropriate neutral cleaner designed for natural stone surfaces as improper cleaners may damage the stone, tile or protective treatments.

Sandstone countertops can wither with consistent use and also get damaged if not cleaned properly on time. If you want to maintain the beauty of sandstone, its finish, texture and versatility, you should take special care:

  • Keep sandstone dust free, dust it using a clean non-treated dry dust mop.
  • Use warm water to clean sandstone regularly using a mop or sponge.
  • The cleaner to be used should not contain acid or lemon, which can otherwise etch the surface and damage the polish and finish.
  • The cleaner used should be neutral. Do not use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners.
  • Care should be taken while using vacuum cleaner as the metal or the plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.
  • Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
  • Do not place hot pans directly, use trivet or mats under them.