Soapstone: The Formidable soft stone Variety
Posted on Jun 7, 2016
Indian slatestone tiles have been associated closely with other softer versions of natural stones available with manufacturers. Soapstone is the most mysterious natural stones supplied by the Indian slate stone tile wholesalers to domestic as well as international market. Used in walls and flooring tiles, soapstone is a very good option for home designs that already have granite and marbles in place.
Here are some amazing facts about the soapstone tiles used commercially.
History dating back to 2000 BC
The first verified information on use of soapstone for building houses and constructing home items dates back to more than 5000 years. Natives of wild America quarried the stone slabs from San Clemente Island. During Bronze Age, natives around France and Switzerland used soapstone to make cooking pots, bowls and hearth liners.
Geological Origin of Soapstone deposits
Unlike most metamorphic rocks, soapstone deposits are found over the surface of the Earth’s crust. They are formed under intense heat and pressure over millions of years. They are largely found at the convergent magnetic plates of Earth where they appear along with deposits of peridotite, dunite, dolostone and serpentine.
Just like marble and quartzite, soapstone is a metamorphic rock largely consisting of talc. Other significant ingredients present in soapstone are chlorite, mica, carbonate and oxides of various metals, Due to the presence of talc, which is the softest compound as per Mohs scale, soapstone too is ranked as the softest building material in the catalogue of materials provided by Indian limestone slab wholesalers.
Soapstone and its properties
Soapstone is available in light shades of blue, green and pink. Soft to touch with a soapy texture, use of soapstone supplied by Indian limestone manufacturers is largely confined to construction of patios and bathtubs. Statues and sculptures are also made of soapstone.
Soapstone can be distinctly differentiated from other stones offered by Indian Marble wholesalers by virtue of their properties:
- Softness and easy machining properties
- Non-porous and non-absorbent
- High thermal resistance
- 100% Electrical insulation
- Non-corrosive against acids and alkaline fluids
Uses of soapstone
Despite its softness, Indian Marble Suppliers are known to supply highly resilient stock of soapstone. They are used extensively in the construction of:
- Bathroom and kitchen sinks
- Crockery items
- Table holders
- Kitchen countertops
- Park benches
- Cemetery makers and epitaphs
- Furnace liners and fireplace hearths
- Cold stones
- Facing stone
- Wall tiles and flooring tiles
Due to its high resistance to heat, electricity and corrosion, Indian limestone wholesalers supply a huge quantity to laboratories and research centres, restaurants and industrial testing units.
Soapstone tiles make an excellent choice for bathroom floors, especially where steam sauna is installed. As they repel moisture and heat, you can enjoy the steam bath even longer without burning your feet or getting your walls fogged out!
Before investment in a soapstone tile collection, make sure you get the screen the full catalogue of varieties available with the Indian limestone and marble suppliers.