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Finishes of Natural Stones

Polish Finish of Natural Stones

This is the standard factory finish for most granites and marbles. A polished surface is glossy and highly reflective and the least porous of the finishes available. Polished marbles can be etched with many household acids and cleaners.

Honed Finish of Natural Stones

Honed surface is achieved by the use of diamond abrasives as well, but unlike polished stone, honed stone has a smooth, non-reflective surface. Honed stone is more porous than polished stone and therefore it is not recommended for use on kitchen countertops in heavily used kitchens. Honed stone may be used in areas with less exposure to chemicals and for both internal and external areas. Honed stone should also be correctly sealed to assist against staining.

Leather Finish of Natural Stones

Leathering starts with a honed surface and adds texture. Additionally, it closes the pores of the stone (compared to honing) and retains the color better than honing. A leathered finish has a soft sheen but is not as reflective as a polished surface. The amount of texture produced varies from stone to stone and some extremely uniform stones will not leather at all. On a very dark material such as Absolute Black granite, leathering is preferred to honing because the resulting finish is very uniform, preserves the majority of the stone's color, and is much easier to maintain than a porous honed surface. The granite leathering process enhances the colors and textures in the granite, which gives the stone a more consistency. Due to its unique texture, leathered granite is very pleasing to touch.

Antique Finish of Natural Stones

An antique finish gives stone an aged appearance by simulating use and wear. Acid wash is applied to surface of the stone to distress the surface of the stone. This generally dulls the colour of the stone. The surface then brushed with mechanical wire bush to make the stone smooth and slightly restore the colour.