Canadian Soapstone ™

Made in Canada - Mined in Canada

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Water spotting, Canadian Soapstone vs. Other Soapstone varities

Soapstone is quarried in many different regions around the globe; the largest exporters of Soapstone being India, Brazil and China.

Soapstone’s most popular characteristics are notably stain-proof, (porosity) and soft touch. These characteristics are affected by the amount of talc within Soapstone.

Our general rule: the harder the Soapstone the less talc it contains. The harder varieties are properly referred to as Serpentine and have significantly less talc than Soapstone. We quarry both Serpentine and Soapstone.

Talc within the Soapstone ensures the lowest porosity (stain proof) possible. Varieties of Soapstone with lower talc content have been known to show water spots. Water spots occur after Soapstone is oiled and water droplets are left dry causing rings or blemishes. We have seen this mostly within Brazilian stone varieties that contain less talc.

How do these blemishes happen? Talc is a natural water repellent and causes liquids to be repelled from a surface. Soapstone varieties with little talc are less hydrophobic or water repellent and more likely to allow water dry and cause blemishes.

How do you tackle these water spots? The simplest method is re-oiling your countertop or take a piece of sand paper and buff out the water spots.

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Water spots on a Brazilian Soapstone
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