The difference Between Honed and Polished Finishing Process


There are many different kinds of finishing for natural stones. Among all, there is always a similarity between honed and polished ones. In both kinds of finishing, the beauty and true nature of the stone slab doesn’t change at all. But the finishing process may add an extra layer on the stone which adds to secure the surface of slabs against stains or camouflage.

The similarity between the honed and polished finishing

A polished finish slab has a very glossy surface and can reflect light and display the color and veins of the stone fact, the polish finish adds up the beauty of the slab and put more emphasis on the natural characteristics of the stone. While in a honed finish slab, a relatively little reflection of light can be seen. To the eyes, a honed finish seems flatter. Additionally, the degree of honing highly depends on the stone, but it may depend on the kind of stone.

The process to create both honed and polished marble is similar. The honed marble is achieved by polishing with gritty abrasives until the surface is smooth to the eye, but still has many small flaws that prevent a shiny appearance. All polished marbles are honed first. After being honed, polished marble is sanded with smaller and smaller abrasives until surface flaws are removed and the marble is a smooth as possible.

Polished Finish

Consider your marketplace:

Depending on the market you have, both honed and finish markets can work for you. In the market with an emphasis on durability, lack of scratches and etches, the honed finish can work well.  Besides, in honed finish slabs, the surface is less slippery when they are wet. Therefore, they are a better choice for bathroom flooring and staircases.

Honed Characteristics:

Comparing to a polished finish, honed one has already matte and scratches are usually camouflaged or go unnoticed.

Polished Characteristics:

In the polished finish, due to the kind of finishing process and protective layers on the stone, they are less susceptible to stains. However, it doesn’t mean that you can let the stains stay on the countertop overnight.

Honed and Polished Finishes: Stain Resistance

When properly sealed, both honed and polished finishes are stain-resistant. There is no such thing as a stain-proof sealer. If stains are high on your list of concerns, there are a few things to be considered.

A polished finish on a stone is essentially an added layer of security to protect from stains. The process in which a stone is polished helps to close natural pores and create a protective barrier. On the other hand, the pores in a smoothed, honed stone are more receptive to liquid. Side by side, a polished stone surface will have more protection from stains than a honed surface; however, a proper sealer will help to close in open pores and provide stain resistance against most household items.

In brief, the features of honed and polished finishing can be summarized as follow:

Honed stones:

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 stones:

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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