Soapstone got its name for its smooth surface that feels like a bar of dry soap. Like other natural stones, soapstone will have variations and veining. It ranges from light and dark gray, to black and deep green. Traditionally, soapstone has been used for tools, dishes, cookware, sinks, and shower surrounds. Because of its ability to retain and radiate heat hours after the fire is out, soapstone is often used for pizza ovens, fireplaces, and stoves. Soapstone is a great alternative to concrete surfaces with its unpolished look. The surface finish is resistant to water and acid, and is not damaged by heat. A coat of mineral oil will renew the surface and enhance the stone's natural color. Clean soapstone with diluted kitchen detergent and warm water. If this product is not treated regularly with mineral oil, it tends to stain easily- but due to its less-porous nature, stains and scratches can often be sanded out if done professionally.