Soapstone is much softer than other popular countertop materials, including granite, marble, and engineered quartz. Because of this, it has appeal for savvy DIY homeowners who have ambitions of fabricating their own kitchen surfaces.
Unlike most other natural stones, soapstone is nonporous and does not need to be sealed. Untreated, soapstone is a chalky grey with subtle undertones; some varieties have striking white veining while others are more solid. Many designers prefer to enhance the color and veining by applying mineral oil or wax. Others prefer to keep the natural look which will patina overtime and be more vibrant with age.
Like granite, soapstone is highly resistant to acids and bases so there is no need to worry about etching. Because it is soft, it is likely to get scratches and dings over the years. These can be buffed out easily or left to add personality to your space.