1-1/4" (3cm slab)
Black Soapstone is quarried from a bedrock quarry in Brazil. 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. Due to its density, soapstone is non-porous, naturally antibacterial, and stain resistant. Black Soapstone has a wax applied to the slabs at the factory to enhance the color. For interior use Arizona Tile recommends sealing soapstone slabs with Alberene Dry Wax. This is a 100% natural product made from Beeswax, Olive Oil and Carnauba. For exterior use Arizona Tile recommends sealing soapstone with Seal and Enhance. Both interior and exterior sealers will need to be re-applied in 4-6 months or as needed.
A mesh backing is adhered to the back of the stone to ensure safety while handling and fabricating the slab. Due to the qualities of the stone, the slabs are book-matched; meaning slab one and slab two will be cut and polished to create a mirror image of each other. These are then kept in sequence, which allows for a consistent flow in pattern.
Commercial & Residential
Interior & Exterior