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.
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.
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.
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.
Look: Glossy & Shiny
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.
Whether you chose honed or polished as the finish for your marble, it will make a luxurious addition to your home.