Marble Countertops – Polished vs Honed

By February 12, 2021 April 27th, 2021 Blog
polished and honed marble countertops

Polished vs Honed Marble Countertops – What’s The Difference? 

Are you interested in installing marble countertops in your North Carolina home but don’t know what the difference between polished and honed is? When choosing natural stone such as marble for your countertops there is a lot of choices to make. From the color to edges and finishes. Something that seems simple, such as the finish, can drastically change the appearance of the marble and the 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!

Let’s start off by defining what polished is. A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals. Now 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. 

Polished Marble Countertops

Characteristics: 

Polished marble is coated which acts as a protectant, making it less susceptible to stains. But due to the glossy finish, it is highly reflective making scratches more visible. Because polished marble is a smooth surface it can be a dangerous option for flooring in high traffic areas because it can potentially be very slippery when wet. It is, however, a classic choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

Summary: 

  • 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.

Honed Marble Countertops

Characteristics:

Honed marble is a matte finish so it is more resistant to scratches. Scratches on hone marble countertops are less noticeable because the scratch won’t be as easy to see when light reflects off it, like with a polished surface. Honed marble is more susceptible to stains, so it important to clean them up spills immediately. Because it is matte, when the surface gets wet, it is less slippery than polished making it a better choice for flooring than polished.

Summary:

  • 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.

For more content about kitchen design trends, countertops surfaces, and more visit our blog. At Onslow Stoneworks, we are proud to provide countertop fabrication and installation services to surrounding areas in North Carolina! Our countertop showrooms are located in Swansboro, New Bern, and Morehead City. We also offer services to cities including Greenville, Jacksonville, Grantsboro, Aurora, Hakers Island, Wilmington and more!