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Should I Hone My Marble Surfaces?

Are you interested in changing up the appearance of your marble surfaces? Whether it is your bathroom floors, kitchen countertops, or bathroom countertops, a honed surface can change the appearance of your marble, leaving you with a high-end matte finish that is sure to catch the eye and bring a unique touch to your space. Read below to learn more about honed VS polished marble floors and countertops.

What is the Difference Between Honed and Polished Marble? 

Honed marble is marble that has not gone through the polishing process. This results in the stone having a matte appearance, rather than the distinctive shine of polished marble. Many homeowners choose honed marble because of its natural look. A honed marble countertop or other surface will not be as reflective as one that is polished.

On the other hand, polished marble refers to marble that has undergone the polishing process. Polishing makes the stone appear shiny and reflective. Polished marble will emphasize the coloring and veins present in the natural stone.

How Do You Know if Honed or Polished is Better for Your Home? 

The true answer to this question is that it will ultimately be a matter of your opinion. That said, the following analysis of each option can help lead you to your decision.

Stains, scratches and etches are three of the most common problems associated with marble. Below is a comparison of how marble with both finish options handle the issues.

Honed Marble Surfaces

Staining: If properly sealed, stains should not be an issue with honed marble. This is not to say that stains will never occur, but an adequate seal will lessen the likelihood that stains will be a problem.

Scratching: Scratches leave behind dull marks on your marble. Because of this, honed marble may be the better choice if you are concerned about scratches. The surface already has a matte appearance, so scratches can be hidden easier than they can be with polished marble.

Etching: Etches can occur if you leave spills sitting on your marble for too long. An etch will appear as a dull spot on the surface of your marble countertop or other installation. Exercise as much caution as you can around your honed marble.

Polished Marble Surfaces

Staining: If your polished marble is properly sealed, it should not have issues with staining. Note that just because the stone is stain resistant does not mean it is totally stain proof. Stains can still occur, although the chances are significantly decreased with a proper seal.

Scratching: If you are concerned about scratching, polished marble may not be an ideal fit for your home. While exercising caution can prevent scratches, any that do occur will dull the appearance of your marble.

Etching: Etching can negatively impact your polished marble. You do not want to have dull spots undermine the beautiful shine of the stone. Because of this, you will want to be careful to avoid spills.

Safe Stone Cleaning Product

Modern Stone Care Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner is a neutral (ph 7) marble safe floor cleaner which is to be used for regular maintenance on any hard surface not harmed by water. It was originally made to protect calcite based stones, such as marble, limestone, & travertine, which are alkaline in nature due to the mineral content, from chemical etching. It’s no rinse, streak free properties make this cleaner ideal for any hard surface, as it does not leave a dulling film or residue. Special organic slats in its formula act as “moisturizers” thus preventing natural stone from “drying out.” It also contains optical brighteners to enhance the finish of the surface on which it is used.

If you have any questions or concerns about this cleaning product contact us today. Our customer service representatives will be happy to go over the ingredients and instructions when using this natural stone safe cleaner.

Natural Stone Cleaning In Houston TX

At Modern Stone Care, our team of highly knowledgeable technicians specialize in the restoration, cleaning, polishing, and sealing of all-natural stone surfaces. This includes flooring, countertops, outdoor pool coping, and more. We work hard to ensure your natural stone maintains its beautiful and vibrant appearance for as long as possible. When it comes to the care of your delicate natural stone surfaces, leave it to the professionals at Modern Stone Care. We work in Houston and surrounding areas to offer the best stone care in the city.


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