Granite is an extremely popular material to use for countertops especially in kitchens. Granite is an extremely durable material that is very appealing to the eye as well. It has been around for centuries but it is only recently (the past few decades) that it has been popularly used in homes and buildings.
Although most of us are very familiar with polished granite surfaces, honed granite is becoming increasingly popular as well. Honed granite is simply granite that has a matte-like finish rather than a shiny polished finish. Aside from the finish, there are very few differences between the polished granite surfaces that you might be used to and granite with a honed surface. They are equally durable although honed granite has the reputation of showing stains easier.
When it comes to making a decision about the finish of your granite countertop, it really will be a matter of personal preference. Some people will simply like a polished surface while others will prefer a honed granite surface.
One thing to note about the use of honed granite is that it does tend to show stains much easier than a polished granite surface and there are differing opinions on how to deal with this. You can protect and clean your honed granite countertops with sealers and treatments and these are usually sufficient to do the job. Still, I recommend that you be quite diligent about cleaning up spills quickly, especially when oily substances have been spilt on the honed surface.
Choosing granite with a honed surface also affects the way that the color is reflected. Honed granite does not shine like polished granite. The same granite when honed reflects light in a slightly different way and so tends not to be quite so bright. You could say that the mood of honed granite is very different.
Buying Homed Granite
You will have to look around to find honed granite for your countertops as it does not tend to be as readily available as polished granite. If you are having a difficult time finding what you want, get some references from your local furniture supplier or masonry shop. Some of the most popular finishes in honed granite countertops are River Washed and Flamed Finish. These are honed granite finishes that are highly textured and attractive.
Like other types of granite, honed granite is very durable and will last a long time in your kitchen. Previously, you would have been more likely to find a honed granite finish on marble floors than on kitchen countertops as honing reduces the slipperiness of marble. But recently, we are seeing more and more countertops decorated with this finish.
Once your honed granite countertop has been fitted and installed, be consistent about maintaining its look. Find a way to give it a thorough clean every so often so as to preserve its look. Also use a sealer to protect it and to ward off stains. People offer varying solutions to deal with the seemingly inevitable stains that honed granite suffers from, the simplest being to use Dawn dish washing fluid with a soft sponge and plenty of elbow grease.
Be very careful when you install your honed granite countertops. If you are not confident about doing this, let a professional do the job. You want to avoid the presence of air pockets and hollows under the slabs of granite as you lay them down. All air pockets should be removed so as to protect the installation of the granite and to eliminate problems later on.