Soapstone is very unique in that it is much softer than most natural stones which can make it more susceptible to scratches. However, unlike other natural stones, its soft nature allows scratches to be buffed out without causing damage to the stone. Soapstone retains heat much better than most natural stones which can make it warm to the touch. Soapstone countertops require applications of mineral or linseed oil to retain its deep, and often dark, coloring. With its warmth and rich colors, soapstone brings elegance to your home.