Natural stones, like a granite, for example, have various finishes, including polished and honed surfaces.

Do you know what is the difference between polished and honed surfaces?

The main difference between the two types of surfaces is the way the light reflects on them.

A polished finish has a glossy surface that reflects light better, on the other hand, a honed finish, will have little reflection of light.

This means that polished surfaces are extremely reflective while honed is matte.

Honed or Polished Surfaces: Which to choose?

So, you can ask: What is better honed or polished marble?

The honed marble does not show the material’s imperfections easily, because it has a matte finish.

For this reason, this material is recommended for spaces with high traffic of people.

In polished marble, imperfections such as scratches are more evident, so it can be ideal for indoor spaces.

Can honed surfaces be polished after installation?

Honed surfaces keep its heat resistance and durability.

Polishing the stone demands you to finish the buffing process to turn the honed, dull surface into polished.

Honed and Polished Surfaces

Honed or Polished Surfaces: How to keep it clean?

The stone finish impacts the maintenance, pay attention to this tip!

Cleaning of your honed countertop is simple, wipe down the surface with a damp cloth and dry it with a towel to prevent water spots. 

However, you can use a dishwashing detergent soap and warm water or apply non-abrasive for a deeper clean.

Rinse the surface with water and wipe the stone dry using a soft cloth so that it does not get scratched.

Did you know that some stone cleaners contain a bit of sealant? So, you just spray the product and seal as you clean the surface.

Do not use any cleaners that include ammonia, because it damages protective sealer on the stone.

Also, some cleaners should also be avoided, like acid-containing, for example.

Remember that a natural stone with porous surface is easy to absorb water and stains.

A honed finish does require more maintenance to help keep it protected, for this reason, you need to dry it on the surface every time you splash something.


I hope you liked our tips and can choose the best surface finish for you!

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References: MSI

Natural Stone Institute

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