Soapstone by Francini Inc. | Boise | Raleigh | Sun Valley | SLC

Soapstone Collection by Francini Inc.

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Natural stone colors often have several industry names for the same color.

Pictures are a general representative of shade, movement, veining, and color tone and may vary from actual slab. Natural stone is a product of nature and no two pieces will be exactly alike. Viewing the full slabs prior to fabrication is recommended.

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About Francini Inc. Soapstone

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock composed of talc, quartz, and various other minerals, created when the subduction of tectonic plates causes a dramatic shift in heat and pressure. Our soapstone pieces usually range from light to dark grey tones. Its characteristic veining gives soapstone a classic yet dynamic look. This stone is optimal for kitchen and bathroom countertops, backsplash, sinks, floors, and fireplaces…though the possibilities are endless!

Soapstone is naturally durable, an exceptional choice for just about any surface in your home. Its non-porous qualities make it heat and stain resistant as well as relatively low maintenance, which is ideal for countertops and sinks. For use as a floor surface, soapstone is appealing because it does not get slippery when wet. It is even naturally warmer underfoot than other stones, a very appealing benefit for use in cold-weather areas.

We invite you to come see our collection of soapstone pieces in person, where we will help you choose a piece to enhance your home!

Soapstone from Francini Inc.

Soapstone FAQs

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock composed mainly of talc; it can contain different amounts of other minerals like mica, amphibole, and carbonate. It is usually very soft and is thus easy to carve. Soapstone owes its name to the fact it does a feel a bit like soap.

Soapstone can be found all over the world. Most of the soapstone used today comes from India, China, or Brazil. Soapstone, however, has also been found in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, England, Canada, Austria, and Australia.

Since soapstone is mostly talc, it has many of the same properties as that mineral. For example, soapstone is heat-resistant like talc. Other properties that soapstone shares with talc include the following:

  • Nonabsorbent
  • Nonporous
  • Soft and easy to carve
  • Resistant to alkalis and acids
  • High specific heat capacity
  • Low electrical conductivity

Soapstone’s properties make it extremely versatile. It can be made into a variety of items that include the following:

  • Countertops for laboratories and kitchens
  • Fireplace hearths and liners
  • Plates and bowls
  • Sculptures and carvings
  • Cemetery markers
  • Tiles for walls and floors

Yes. A homeowner will only need ordinary soap and water to clean it. It can’t be damaged by acids like wine or lemon juice – which is one reason scientists use it in their labs. Since soapstone is heat- resistant heat, you can place hot pans and pots on it without damaging it. It doesn’t get stained, but it may get darker as it ages.

The main downside to soapstone is its softness that makes it vulnerable to nicks and scratches. Mineral oil can make them less noticeable and make the veins in the soapstone more prominent.