Soapstone is a very popular choice for countertops in laboratories and classrooms due to its very high resistance to chemicals and heat. However, Soapstone is not very dense or hard, making it vulnerable to scratching and abrasive attack. Due to its talc content, soapstone is smooth and pleasing to touch. Soapstone is typically top treated with food-grade mineral oil to retain its luster and aid in masking the small scratches commonly found when using softer materials. Soapstone has gained tremendous popularity over the years and is being specified more and more frequently. Please consult Marble Of The World or your qualified stone fabricator with specific application questions.