The name Soapstone has been used to describe many different kinds and colors of stone that are primarily made up of Talc. These forms of soapstone are used for carving among other things due to its softness. Scientist often describe the feel of these stones as being �soapy� thus the name Soapstone. However the soapstone that we use is an architectural grade of Soapstone scientifically called Steatite. Steatite like the other forms of soapstone is primarily composed of talc but due to other mineral deposits it is a hard more dense formation of the stone. The stone due to its denseness is naturally non-porous which means for the consumer, nothing can stain it, not even wine and nothing can penetrate its surface. Any kinds of non-abrasive cleaners can be used on the stone to clean the surface.