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32 Durable Soapstone Backsplashes For Your Kitchen
Soapstone is not the most popular material for kitchen backsplashes, while featuring a lot of advantages, and we decided to right a wrong telling you how to use this material in your kitchen to give it an ultimate look. But first of all
What Is Soapstone?
Soapstone is made from quarried metamorphic rock containing significant levels of talc. The amount of talc present in the soapstone dictates how hard it is, and consequently whether or not it is suitable for architectural use. You may see soapstone used for backsplashes and countertops in kitchens and bathrooms.
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Can You Use Soapstone As A Backsplash?
Soapstone can be considered one of the best backsplash materials. It is capable of outperforming other, more expensive natural stone options such as granite, marble or quartz backsplash. Large, unbroken soapstone panels provide a sleek, contemporary element on the wall of your kitchen or bathroom, protecting the wall and unifying the kitchen design. Soapstone is available in large, unbroken panels, and can also be cut into tiles. Squares and rectangles are popular, while hexagonal soapstone tiles make a bold design statement. Tiles can be uniform in size and shape, or variations can be used to add texture and heighten visual interest.
Soapstone tiles are another attractive and protective option for your backsplash. Soapstone backsplashes are easier to repair than other natural stone options such as granite. Imperfections or damage to your soapstone backsplash can likely be sanded out, rendering it unnoticeable.
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Soapstone can be installed in one solid slab custom cut to fit your backsplash. That means no grout lines, unsightly joints, and the introduction of a new, more porous material that is potentially less safe for your family.
Colors vary greatly, but depend largely on where the soapstone comes from. Colors vary from greens to grays, and everything in between. Veining are common in soapstone backsplashes. Soapstone is ideal for many styles of homes from older traditional, or cottage style homes, to high end luxury homes – Soapstone appeals to the most discerning tastes.
Soapstone is one of the most dense stones available, virtually impervious to stains, liquids, chemicals and ideal for areas of high-heat around your stove for example.
You don’t have to worry about germs and bacteria invading your soapstone backsplash as already mentioned – soapstone is the least porous stone and will never absorb any kind of food residue. A simple wipe and you’re done.
Soapstone is sustainable because it is harvested in far smaller amounts, is 100% natural requiring no artificial products to produce it, no sealers or toxic chemicals are used to finish it, and is 100% recyclable.
It’s not uncommon to hear of Soapstone being passed on from one generation to the next, lasting many generations in some cases. Other backsplash surfaces from ceramic or porcelain tile, man-made materials, or even other natural stones would all require costly replacements should you scratch or dent them, not so with soapstone!
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