Churchill or also known as Alberene Soapstone is quarried in Virginia, but it is a popular material all over the world. This is because soapstone is a jack of all trades material, fitting in many design styles, from industrial to all the way to country. Usually Soapstone isn’t a material typically considered for rough and tumble areas like the kitchen and laundry room. But Soapstone is actually quite easy to clean, long lasting, and acid resistant. It also has the unusual trait of absorbing and radiating heat, a great trait for a person looking for a material for heated floors. It also ages over time, so character is added as the years go on.
Without any additives soapstone is a bluish grey color, though a popular version of the stone is Alberene Soapstone, which is black in color and possesses a velvety texture. To bring out the rich black color of the stone all one needs to do is apply wax on a dry cloth. Then rub the cloth into the stone, allow for a brief amount of time for the stone to soak up the wax, and wipe the rest of the wax away. Only a little bit of wax is needed in this process, and if unsatisfied with the darkness of the stone you can repeat the process as many times as you would like. After the waxing is finished, cleaning your countertops is a breeze, the only things needed are soap and water.