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What are the benefits of using soapstone countertops in the kitchen?

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Soapstone is a good choice for kitchen countertops because it is resistant to bacteria growth, less susceptible to cracking and stains, and easy to clean. It is also warm to the touch and requires no sealing or substrate support.

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For a coordinated look, homeowners can incorporate soapstone into the sink, back splash and flooring. Soapstone is sanitary enough to prepare dough, meat and fresh fruit and vegetables directly on its surface. With an occasional mineral oil rub, it maintains its "wet look," and owners can easily buff out with steel wool. The cost of soapstone is comparable to that of a mid-range granite.

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