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Despite its softness, soapstone is surprisingly durable. The rock is not damaged by moderate heat, alkalis, or acids, which makes it an excellent material for use in laboratories. Soapstone is also easily cared for because its poor absorbency keeps stains and discolorations from penetrating past a surface level. Thus, with a simple sanding, the rock can regain its original beauty. Application of mineral oil or a sealant to soapstone items can further enhance their resilience and make them even longer lasting.

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