Soapstone is 99.9% dense, meaning it is non-porous and doesn’t absorb any liquid. This makes it a great counter or bar top material – and does not need to be sealed like other natural stones, such as granite. Soapstone’s density also makes it inert and it will not be penetrated, stained or altered by any aggressive acidic or alkaline substance such as lemon or tomato juice, oils, red wine or bleach.
Soapstone is susceptible to scratches due to its natural softness. However, unlike other natural stones such as granite or marble, the homeowner can restore the surface simply with an application of mineral oil or by using a 220 grit sandpaper. Keep in mind that darker soapstones are also harder and less prone to scratching.