Not all of us can live in mansions and palaces, but one way to create a sense of grandeur in your humble abode is by simply adding marble. Marble is a luxurious natural stone found in the most opulent locations worldwide, and was even used for historic works of art, including the statue of David. The choices of colors and looks that this surface comes in can overwhelm you, but one major deciding factor other than its aesthetics is its finish. Do you prefer marble that is polished or honed? In many cases you will find that form over function isn’t always the applicable mantra.
That is why we took the initiative to gather some information about honed and polished marbles to give you a better understanding and to help you decide which finish is the right choice for you. All of these options are available in our San Jose marble slab warehouse (as well as in Burlingame). Click here to see our marble selection!
Look and Feel:
Honed lacks the shininess and reflective qualities that polished marble has. Instead, it has a more satin-feel, smooth and velvety to the touch.
Honed finish is very scratch resistant because it lacks the glossy surface of a polished marble. Therefore, when honed marble does get scratched, it is not obviously reflected when light hits it. Consequently, honed marble soaks up liquids spilled during cooking faster and easier.
As perviously mentioned, since honed is resistant to scratching and less slippery when wet, it is popularly used in high-traffic areas, including floors for the bathroom, living room, foyer, and even kitchen counters.
Maintenance and Damage Repair
Once liquids spill on the surface of a honed marble, wipe it off immediately. To clean honed marble, one must never use regular soap because it will seep through the surface and darken its color. Instead, use mildly abrasive household detergent with bleach.
Look and Feel
A polished finish gives the smooth surface a shiny, much glossier look.
The polish that coats the marble also acts as a type of protection, therefore allowing it to withstand stains better. However, the reflective characteristic of the finish makes it more prone to scratches.
Using polished marble on areas with high foot traffic is not the best idea, one because the wear and tear of everyday activity would be prevalent and apparent. You are even more highly advised against using it on your bathroom floor, as it gets very slippery when wet and can be hazardous. It is, however, a popular option for bathroom countertops, powder bathrooms, fireplaces, and walls.
Maintenance and Damage Repair
Unlike honed marble, polished marble does not require as much re-sealing. As is with honed marble, you must immediately wipe off any stains because certain substances will etch the surface, like toothpaste, for example. Use water, mild bleach solution, and a small brush to clean your polished marble. Brushing too roughly or using a detergent with too much ammonia can damage the finish.
What damages both Honed and Polished Marble?
Though honed and polished finishes have contrasting characteristics, since both surfaces are made of the same natural material, the following everyday substances can damage them:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Fruit juices
- Tomato products
- Carbonated beverages
- Salad dressing
Another thing to remember whether you choose one or the other is that you should always remember to thoroughly clean the surface before reapplying sealant.
Well, there you have it, an overview of some general—but important!—facts to know about honed and polished marble. It is our hope that this has informed you enough to influence your buying decision. Still not sure? Don’t lose your marbles figuring this all out by yourself. Come on over to one of our Bay Area showrooms (San Jose marble and tile store and Burlingame) where our design experts are always happy to help!
Photo Credit (Third picture collage; in order of pictures from left to right)