Barroca soapstone is a blue-grey soap with subtle white veining. The veining is random and similar to natural cracking found in nature. This is a unique stone as the white veining thickens and thins throughout the stone.
Use other colors next to this stone to help bring out the white veining. For example, white cabinetry will make the thin white lines shine. It is a natural stone that has many uses, from countertops to backsplashes, even being used as material for sculptures. The stone has a natural darkening effect, which can be sped up with mineral oil. Over time, an interesting dark and distinct pattern will form. On top of its beauty and its unique changing pattern, it also has brilliant characteristics which keep it low-maintenance and durable. It is both heat and stain resistant, and unlike other stones, it does not require sealing. Soapstone like Barroca is typically used in places such as countertops, fireplace surrounds, as well as ornamental decorative features like wall tiles. This is an incredible and elegant addition to your home due to its unique coloring and material characteristics.
Material Type: Soapstone
Country of origin: Brazil
Colors: Grey, Blue
- 1. Can soapstone be used as countertop material?
- Yes, soapstone can be used for kitchen countertops, it is functional, elegant and easy to maintain.
- 2. Do I need to seal soapstone countertops?
- No, soapstone is a nonporous material and therefore does not require sealing.
- 3. Is soapstone heat resistant?
- Yes, soapstone is heat resistant and will not be damaged by high heat.
- 4. Can I cut on my soapstone countertops?
- Soapstone, unlike most other natural stones, is easy to scratch. We do not recommend homeowners to use their knives to cut directly on the countertops.
- 5. Can I fix the scratches on my soapstone?
- Luckily, homeowners can actually hide any scratches on their surfaces with mineral oil. So if you do have any scratches, you’ll have a temporary fix. Deep scratches can actually be lightly sanded with some mineral oil as well.
- 1. Do you provide free samples? How many samples can I take?
- At marble.com samples are free, and we encourage our clients to take up to ten samples per visit.
- 2. What materials can I find at your facilities?
- All Marble.com facilities carry slabs of granite, quartz, quartzite, marble, soapstone, slate, limestone, and travertine. Our Ridgefield Park yard has the largest selection, also offering slabs of gemstone, porcelain, and glass.
- 3. Why should I see a slab in person?
- Since every slab of natural stone is completely unique, we recommend visiting one of our facilities to see slab patterns and variations in person.
- 4. Where does your material come from?
- At marble.com we source our stone only from the most reputable quarries from around the globe, including those from Italy, Spain, Brazil, and India.
- 5. Why is some stone more expensive than others?
- Stone slabs that are extremely rare and boast unique colors tend to be more expensive than commonly found stone.
- 6. Do I have to seal natural stone?
- We do recommend sealing natural stone countertops periodically, the frequency of sealing the stone depends on the material.
- 7. What is a honed finish?
- A honed stone finish refers to the smooth, matte surface of the material, which creates a visibly lighter and softer tone. While honed finish might be an ideal design choice for some homeowners, it also makes the stone more susceptible to staining and etching.
- 8. Can a chip on my countertop be repaired?
- Most chips, smaller than a dime in diameter, can be repaired by the homeowner using a chip repair kit. We do recommend professional service care for larger chips.
- 9. Can I install my own countertops?
- We recommend professional installation, completed by our trained technicians for all major projects, however some smaller pieces may be installed by the customers.