Green Soapstone is quarried from a bedrock quarry in Brazil. Soapstone has long been used for cooking pots in Brazil because it holds heats for long periods of time. Soapstone slabs are great for use as a countertop or around a fireplace. A hot pot can be placed directly on a soapstone countertop without concern of burning the surface. Since it is composed primarily of talc, the acids in foods used for everyday cooking will not etch or stain this stone. Soapstone can scratch; therefore, using a cutting board is required. Using an enhancer and sealer will bring out the natural color of soapstone. Arizona Tile recommends the use of an enhancer and sealer for all soapstone installations. Soapstone should be re-sealed every 4-6 months, depending on use.