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Tips to Sand Soapstone

Updated:2014-06-23 14:37:19
Soapstone is an alternative to marble or granite countertops because it resists stains. However, the surface can become scratched and marked easily since soapstone is a softer material. It weighs around 20 pounds per square foot. Soapstone is nonporous, which is why it's the perfect choice for the kitchen. It starts out gray-blue in color, but the color changes and deepens over time.

Instructions as follows:

                                                         

Firstly, use a sanding block equipped with 150-grit sandpaper. Wet the sandpaper and the surface of the soapstone and begin sanding. White mud will develop, but it washes away.
Secondly, remove the mud with a cloth. Make sure that the area is free from the previous sanding debris before proceeding to the next step.
Thirdly, repeat steps 1 and 2 except change your sandpaper to 220-grit, then 320- and finally 400-grit. Wet the sandpaper and the surface of the soapstone tile each time before you begin sanding. This will make the job easier. Remember to clean the surface between each sanding process.
Fourthly, allow the soapstone to dry. You can apply a coat of mineral oil or stone sealer.
Tips & Warnings
When done sanding, you can rub mineral oil onto the stone; wipe off the excess oil. The oil will darken the stone to almost black. Reapply the mineral oil every 1 to 2 months.
Wet sand until all scratches and marks are removed.
Be careful when sanding so you do not sand too much of the stone away.

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