Soapstone (also known as steatite) is a metamorphic rock. The material is used for countertops, sinks, masonry heaters, flooring, and other architectural applications. Soapstone is composed of several minerals, the main component being talc. Although soapstone is softer than most other natural minerals, it is very dense (non-porous); more so than marble, slate, limestone and even granite. Since soapstone is impenetrable, it will not stain - no liquid will penetrate its surface. It is unaffected by acids in foods and chemicals. Soapstone in its initial state only comes in shades of grey, but after oiling the colors range from dark green to charcoal black. Soapstone has a rustic, yet rich look, which makes it versatile enough to fit a traditional or contemporary home. Learn about oiling and maintenance by reading our soapstone care tips.