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  • 10/6/2021 10:54 AM

Countertop finishes: Honed vs Polished

Natural stone is one of the most popular choices when it comes to kitchen and bathroom countertops. Stone countertops offer a unique and luxurious design while also providing amazing performance and durability! Natural stone will also increase the value of your home! Installing stone countertops in your home is one of the best decisions you could make!

With so many different types and colors of natural stone, it can be hard to choose a stone that is right for you. And even once you choose a stone, there’s one more decision you have to make: the finish. There are multiple finishing options available for every natural stone that can make or break the design of your home! Two of the most popular stone finishes are honed and polished!

At GMS Werks, we have over 100 years of experience working in the natural stone industry. We have helped many homeowners turn their dreams into reality. In this post, we discuss honed vs polished stone finishes and which one is right for you!

Honed finish

First, let's talk about honed finishes! Honed finishes are very smooth to the touch and are great for high traffic areas! With a satin-look, honed finishes will help hide scratches as they do not reflect as much lighting. Honed finishes can also take water very well, and do not get as slippery as other finishes when wet. This makes honed finishes a great choice for bathroom countertops, floors, and kitchen countertops, especially around sinks!

Honed finishes absorb liquid more easily and quickly than other stone finishes, so it is critical to wipe up spills right away. Don’t use regular soap to clean honed marble because it will get absorbed and affect the color of the stone. Using a mildly abrasive detergent with bleach is appropriate for cleaning. Honed finishes do require more frequent re-sealing than polished finishes do. It is important to note that regardless of the finish you chose you should always ensure that the surface is cleaned thoroughly prior to re-sealing.

Polished finish

A polished finish is smooth, shiny, and glossy. It creates a high end and luxurious feel. Polishing natural stone actually creates a barrier that helps protect the stone from stains. On the other end, polished stone is prone to scratches and scratches are more visible due to the reflective property of the finish.

You want to avoid using polished finishes in your bathroom, floors, and other areas that could become slippery and dangerous!

Spills on polished marble should be wiped up immediately to avoid damage from etching or stains. Polished finishes require less re-sealing than honed finishes do. Avoid using harsh products and abrasive materials on polished surfaces. Strong cleaners or rough brushing can damage the finish.

When it comes to choosing honed vs polish finish for your natural stone, use this guide to make sure you are choosing the right finish for your natural stone!

At GMS Werks, our team are experts when it comes to choosing the right type of stone for your project! We understand the difference between honed vs polished stone, and are here to help! If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our company, do not hesitate to contact us today!

We have been meeting the needs of both residential and commercial customers for over 90 years.