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Honed vs. Polished Marble: Which Option is the Best for You?

Look and Feel A polished finish gives the smooth surface a shiny, much glossier look.

Characteristics:  The polish of the marble withstands stains better.  However, the reflective properties of the finish makes it more prone to scratches.

Suggested Application: Using polished marble on areas with high foot traffic is something to take into careful consideration.  Due to its glossy surface, it can become very slippery.  A popular option would be to use it for bathroom counter tops, 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


Look and Feel: Honed marble lacks the shiny and reflective qualities of polished marble.  It has a more satin finish and is smooth and velvety to the touch.

 Characteristics:Honed finish is scratch resistant due to it lacking 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.

Suggested Application: Since honed marble 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. Try to avoid using regular soap because it will seep through the surface and darken its color.  It is best to use a mild household detergent with bleach.

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