Quarried from the ground in blocks, soapstone is a natural product like marble and granite. Composed mainly of talc, magnesium, silicate and chlorate it is a metamorphic rock. Because unlike the marble and granite, soapstone is non-porous, making it completely stain resistant, that is where the similarities end. Since soapstone is an inert material, which makes it impervious to, chemicals, heat and acids, there really aren’t any household products that will harm it, fortunately. Though durable like granite and marble it is more forgiving under stress, soapstone has a tendency to dent rather than chip or crack, however. Many homeowners and business owners alike are using soapstone tile to cover the floors due to the lasting durability. Because the non-porous quality, soapstone is famous for its a desirable trait, cleaning and maintaining are simple and quick. Some maintenance tips and care for your Soapstone Tile is what we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to share today.
Routine Soapstone Cleaning
You will need a bucket of warm soapy water, a sponge, mop, or rag, and a dry towel for frequent, preferably daily, cleaning.
1) Ensuring the sides and corners are particle free, completely sweep the surface.
2) Until the suds form, work warm water and mild soap in a bucket and mix well.
3) Transfer the soapy water on the surface and wash the floor thoroughly using your sponge.
4) To rinse the soapy residues from the tile’s surface, use a water-damp cloth.
5) Allow the soapstone to completely air dry before resuming foot traffic after using the dry towel to dry the residual moisture.
Caution: If you prefer as soapstone is impervious to chemicals, an all-purpose cleaner can also be used.
What is the Essential Maintenance of Soapstone
With mineral oil, you will need to periodically maintain the stone. Make certain to have quality-mineral oil, a soft cloth, and a soft towel. You want to make sure it is completely swept and mopped before you oil the surface.
1) Begin rubbing it into the surface after you dab mineral oil on the cloth. Make certain to use the towel to remove the excess to avoid slick surfaces as the oil will not seep into the stone.
2) Ensure to treat the surface with mineral oil every 2 weeks to help the stone oxidize, as it darkens, evenly in the first year of installation. The mineral oil treatment should be done every 2 months, the following years.
How Do You Get Scratches Out of Soapstone?
They are easily remedied with fine sandpaper, sponge, warm water, miner oil, and a soft cloth when minor scratches can develop.
1) Since soap stone is prone to scratches, have fine sandpaper on hand. With the fine sandpaper, use smooth, circular motions to smooth the surface.
2) After dampening the sandpaper with the same circular motions, sand the scratched area again.
3) To manage the dust as you work, use the warm water and sponge.
4) In order to restore the luster and the natural dark color, dab mineral oil on the soft cloth and work it into the recently sanded scratched areas. since the sanding will remove the mineral oil and make the color lighter, you may need to apply the mineral oil several times to even out the color of the scratched and sanded area.