Countertops are made of long-lasting materials, but if you want to make them last even longer, then you need to know the proper maintenance tips for soapstone, quartz, and granite countertops. Here is everything you need to know about maintenance and caring for soapstone countertops.
Darken Soapstone Countertops By Yourself
Oiling is a must for soapstone countertops. It gives the stone a nice luster and it is just part of the charm of a soapstone countertop. There are special oils that are given when you buy the countertops from retail stores, but normal mineral oil also works best for this material too. One of the great things about mineral oil is that it can be used as a natural dyeing agent. It is a very good tint for soapstone countertops. You can use black mineral oil over the countertop to give it a nice dark tint. It is very easy to do and you can even do it at home. Here’s how to darken your soapstone countertop:
- Tale some mineral oil on a cotton pad or a dense fiber cloth and run it all over the surface of the countertop.
- You can also use a brush for application.
- The trick here is to go slow and work in thin layers. You can build up the coverage as you go.
- You also don’t need to let the oil set. Soapstone is a non-porous material and it doesn’t need the oil to be seeped in.
- Continue this application process for about 3 to 4 weeks and you will see the soapstone becoming progressively darker with each application.
Get Luster With Oil
Oil is a great way to restore your old countertops like marble, granite, quartz, and soapstone. It can also provide that luster and shine that all new countertops have. All you need is some light-colored or dark-colored mineral oil, depending on the type of soapstone and the color of countertops you have. Apply the oil in a single and even layer and wipe the excess off with a dry and clean towel or rag. This will give the countertop a luster like no other.
Clean Soapstone Countertops Every Day
This tip is kind of a no-brainer. You need to clean your countertops every single day. Give it a good rub down every time you work on the countertops. It will get rid of the dust and debris settling in the countertop cracks and nooks and it will also make the countertop look generally cleaner.
You don’t need to use anything too fancy. Just regular soapy water and a dish towel will work great. Just make sure that the towel is soft and has small fibers because soapstone is a very delicate stone and it can scratch easier than other materials.
Say Goodbye To Scratches
Yes, soapstone can scratch easily, but maintenance is very easy. Scratches go just as easily as they come. All you need to get rid of the scratch is a small piece of sandpaper. Sandpaper is a great tool to use to get rid of small and even deeper scratches. This will make the countertop surface super smooth and the scratches will be gone in no time. Just buff the top of the surface where the scratch is and run your hand along the area and see if the surface is smooth. If it has no ridges, then you are good to go.
Soapstone Countertops Care Tips
Some general caring tips for soapstone kitchen countertops are:
- Don’t cut things directly on top of the countertop. Always have a cutting board on top of the surface. This will prevent deep scratches from forming.
- As soon as you see a spill, clean it up. Even though soapstone is non-porous and it doesn’t stain easily, it is still better to clean it up right away for general cleanliness.
- Avoid putting hot pots and pans on the surface. Use a trivet or dish coasters for hot dishes and pans.
There you have it! These tips are great for not only making your countertop last longer, but they will also make them look beautiful and lustrous all the time. For professional maintenance of soapstone countertops or for selecting a new countertop, connect with granite installers Potomac.
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