HONED VS POLISHED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS
Are you interested in learning about honed vs polished marble? Then look no further! Cutting Edge Countertops has the answers you seek. When choosing natural stone for countertops there is a lot of choices to make. From what type of stone to color, to edges and finishes. Something that seems simple, such as the finish, can drastically change the appearance of the stone and overall look of your space. We have had a lot of questions in regard to what finish to choose when adding marble to your home, so here is the low-down on polished vs honed marble.
The definition of honed is when the stone slab has been grounded to a smooth, flat consistent surface. This finish is created by stopping short of the last stage of polishing, leaving the stone with a non-shiny, matte look and velvet-like touch. The definition of polished is, well you guessed it, the opposite! A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals. Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
HONED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS
Honed Marble Characteristics:
Since honed marble is a matte finish it is more resistant to scratches. Even if honed marble does get scratched, it is less noticeable because the scratch won’t be as easy to see when light reflects off it, like with a polished surface. On the other hand, honed marble is more susceptible to stains, so it important to clean them up spills immediately. Since it is matte, when the surface gets wet, it is less slippery than polished making it a great choice for flooring.
Honed Marble Recap:
- Looks: Matte
- Feel: Velvet/Satin
- Durability: Scratch resistant, but easily stained.
- Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean up spills immediately, re-sealing suggested over time.
- Suggested Application: Countertops and high traffic areas, such as floors for the bathroom, foyer, or living room.
POLISHED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS
Polished Marble Characteristics:
Polished marble is coated which acts as a protectant, making it less susceptible to stains. Consequently, the highly reflective surface means more visible scratches. Since polished marble is very smooth, this makes it a dangerous option for flooring in high traffic areas because or bathrooms because it can be very slippery when wet. It is, however, a classic choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops.
Polished Marble Recap:
- Look: Glossy & Shiny
- Feel: Smooth
- Durability: Scratch and etch easily, but more stain-resistant.
- Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean spills immediately.
- Suggested Application: Kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace surrounds, and walls.
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