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Karen_Wise's picture

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What do you know about polished vs. honed granite for counters? I've been told that granite "comes" polished and that honing costs an additional $10/ft. I prefer the look of honed (not as glossy as polished), but I wonder about maintenance. Anyone? Thanks!

Mongo_'s picture

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The irony? To get the granite polished, they increase grit, passing through the "honed" stage to get to the glossy polished finish. "Honing" is simply "sanding" it down again and roughing up the surface to take off the polish.

If you're ordering from a raw slab there should be no upcharge. Possibly even a price discount. Even to take the polished back to honed, $10 seems like a bit much compared to what I've seen I the past.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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I have found the same thing in my search for granite. Comes with a shine, cost more to take it off.

Wolverine's picture

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Mongo - what about maintenance on the "honed" granite? I would think it would still stain, etc., and maybe be more difficult to clean. What do you think?

Mongo_'s picture

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Same as "polished". Nothing drastically different. Realize it's the same material, just not polished to as high a level. If your polished slab is liable to stain, so will your honed. Still feels smooth, cleaning requirements are similar. You could argue that since it's not as highly polished, on a miscroscopic level it's rougher, thus more liable to stain/etch/whatever. Just maintain them the same. Seal and keep wiped clean.