Soapstone communicates a naturally welcoming aesthetic. Being non-porous, it cleans up with mild soap and a sponge or dish rag. This is a very sanitary countertop, and a good choice for those who enjoy cooking with fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. Even though soapstone is one of the softest stones only ranking a 1 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, it density and resistance to staining makes it great for countertops. Like leather, soapstone gains character over the years without diminishing the quality of the material.