Soapstone tiles have the lasting durability many people are looking for in their tile floors. Due to the non-porous quality for which soapstone is famous, cleaning and maintaining are simple and quick.
Step 1 - Cleaning
While filling the bucket with warm water, add a couple of drops of dish soap so it will begin to foam. Do not use too much as the soap film which can be left will dull the floors. Apply the soapy water to the tiles in areas of two by four feet. The water will not seep in, creating very slick floors. Be careful. Wipe any soapy residue away with a thoroughly wet sponge. Dry with a towel.
Step 2 - Maintenance
Apply a couple of drops of mineral oil to a clean, dry cloth. Wipe the oil onto the soapstone tiles. The oils will not seep in—soapstone is non-porous. Use a dry towel to wipe away any excess oils so the surface does not feel slick. Apply the mineral oil every two weeks for the initial year in order for the stone to oxidize evenly. In subsequent years, every two months is good.