While soapstone countertops and vanity tops are not as hard as granite, this material is more pliable. That means it is less brittle, so it won’t crack unexpectedly from stress or weight. In addition, soapstone is very non-porous, another important strength that sets it apart from granite and other natural stone. It doesn’t require the sealing that those materials do, and it is far less likely to stain when wine or oil are spilled onto it.
The primary care that soapstone countertops require is a periodic oiling that keeps it looking its best and produces a natural patina as the years go by. In other words, it is done for aesthetic rather than performance reasons.
The common colors you’ll find in soapstone are pure white with light veining, and a charcoal grey that’s almost solid in color. It has a lovely, old-world feel and is popular for those seeking a more rustic look than granite or marble can offer.