Soapstone is a very heat resistant, naturally occurring metamorphic stone comprised primarily of talc. Soapstone is a very dense stone with an exceptional impervious nature that does not require sealing. The beauty of Soapstone is that its dense nature makes it inert to acid and other chemicals, so there is no risk of staining. Soapstone is a great choice for many high heat areas such as fireplaces and kitchen countertops. Due to its relatively soft nature it can scratch, but can be sanded and buffed back to its matte finish.