Read about Pros and Cons of using Soapstone for your countertops:
Soapstone Pros and Cons; Here are some PROs:
It will not stain
Normally any natural stone brings a concern about staining along with its natural beauty. Soapstone will not stain. That is not to say its look will never change. However any change to the look of Soapstone is temporary.
Its an alternative to granite
Soapstone has a unique look. This is a very strong PRO for Soapstone. Many times when people tell us why they chose Soapstone for their counters, it was to choose something different and unique.
It will not etch
You don’t need to worry about spilling chemicals, acids, etc on your Counters. Soapstone is chemically inert, so it will not react chemically to other substances or liquids. Its nice to be able to spill balsamic vinegar on your countertops without any worry of a permanent change. You may not be planning many chemical experiments on your countertops, but there is plenty of chemistry involved in food preparation. With Soapstone, you can practice your food science worry free!
Soapstone Pros and Cons; Yes there are CONs:
Soapstone is Softer than Granite.
Most things are! Granite is extremely hard. Some people like the patina that develops over time with Soapstone. However if you are very opposed to scratches and a “weathered” look, you may want to choose something other than Soapstone.
Although the value of Soapstone justifies its price-tag, there any many less expensive options available. Think of the price of Soapstone as comparable to a high-end granite.
This is mainly a CON for the DIY-ers. Because Soapstone is extremely dense, it weighs more per cubic inch than other stone.