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Granite worktops: Honed vs. Polished

One of the queries frequently posed by discerning buyers is the difference between honed and polished granite and which is more suitable to their unique needs. Let’s look at the essential differences between the two:

honed-star-Galaxy-Granite-Slab1Star Galaxy honed granite

Honed granite worktops attract those who want an old, aged look to their kitchen and don't mind (rather appreciate) if natural flaws show on their stone.

Honed granite worktops usually have a matte finish and a softer texture, that is, they have minimal sheen. The process of manufacturing them is similar to a polished granite worktop, except that during ‘grinding’, the process is ceased before the stone turns shiny.

They are suitable for those who want an antiquated look and appreciate a ‘natural’ ambience. Polished granite worktops, as the name suggests, are very noticeably shiny and reflective. The full crystal structure, colour and depth of the stone are visible. Polished granite usually appears darker with richer colour. They look more dramatic as compared to the honed granite, which are more subtly defined.

Honed granite worktops are more vulnerable to stains and scratches primarily because the lack of polishing exposes the natural fissures in the material, which attracts dirt and grime over a period of time. Polished granite worktops are the preferred variety, because of the finished look and the comparative ease of cleaning them.


Star Galaxy polished worktops are shiny with a glossy mirror finish

Polished granite is the most popular choice for granite worktops as these have a deeper tone than honed ones when finishing a room.

Maintenance of honed and polished granite worktops

Although, the process of manufacturing is almost similar and both the variants are similar in terms of porosity, structure and density of material honed, granite worktops require a little more effort and maintenance to look impeccable. They are more prone to noticeable stains. Such stains are accentuated more in the lighter shades of honed Granite worktops (eg. in shades like Colonial Dream and Shiva Gold which are quarried in India amongst other popular granites such as Star Galaxy). The polished variety repels moisture, and is highly impervious to weather elements and chemical damage. Due to a more intense grinding and buffing, the imperfections in the stone are reduced to a significant extent. Moreover, the polished finish seals up the pores and doesn’t allow staining. For more detailed information regarding the differences and the right choice for specific tastes, we are available for answering all questions. Just write to us at HELLO@mykitchenworktop.CO.UK or call us on 0203 0788912.