We admit that soapstone wasn't always in our vocabulary as an option for kitchen and bath countertops; we've only recently discovered the neat aesthetic and physical properties of this stone. We were excited then, to hear of the recent opening of the Dorado Soapstone of Texas showroom in Austin. More after the jump...
If you're not quite familiar with soapstone yet, it's a natural stone product touted for its delightful properties in kitchen and bath use. It's non-porous, does not stain, doesn't require a sealer, resists bacteria and is overall easy to maintain. Most soapstone products come in a green color that deepens over time (its patina) and comes in a few varieties of vein patterns.
Dorado's soapstone is naturally quarried in Brazil and shipped weekly to the new showroom, which has worked to present the product being used in different and surprising ways. Though it is often used as countertops with great success, soapstone can also be used to create sinks, desks in offices, in laundry and utility rooms, as a flooring material and even as a fireplace material (we've even seen it here on AT as "ice" for drinks!).
Though it does not require it, many soapstone owners periodically oil their soapstone products with mineral oil to speed up the natural patina process and give their countertops (or sinks, fireplaces, etc...) that distinctive deep green color as soon as possible. And while not the cheapest countertop product today, many consumers would be surprised by how affordable soapstone is.
To find out how you could use soapstone in your own home or just find out more about the product, visit the Austin showroom of Dorado Soapstone at 2157 Woodward Drive in Austin. You can also visit the national website, or check out more showroom and inspiration photos at the Dorado Soapstone of Texas myspace page.