FAQ: What are the Different Natural Stone Finishes for Marble and Granite?

There are distinct differences in how stone can be finished.  The finish you select can affect not only the look of the stone, but it’s surface tendencies as well. But what do these finishes look like? What is the difference between them? And how do you care for stone with these finishes? Read on for the answers!

Prestige Marble and Granite kitchen
Polished Calacatta Gold Marble from Prestige Marble and Granite

Polished Finish
A polished finish is achieved through a grinding and buffing process that results in a sleek, shiny surface. Go for a polished finish when you want to reveal the true color and character of marble and granite. In order to maintain the luster of polished stone, it’s important to use an appropriate daily cleaner and occasionally (every year or so, depending on usage and the type of sealant) re-seal the stone.


Transitional Kitchen by Long Island City General Contractors Best & Company


Honed Finish
A honed finish, also called a matte finish, is achieved through a sanding process and leaves the stone with a matte, satiny-smooth surface. Marble and granite with honed finishes are less slippery and known to conceal flaws better than other finishes since it does not have a reflection. Stone with a honed finish does require more frequent re-sealing than a polished surface. Honed finishes are ideal for a more casual or rustic look.


Leathered Ice Blue Granite
Leathered Ice Blue Granite from Prestige Marble and Granite

Leathered Finish
A leathered finish is a newer style of finishing granite that has become increasingly popular in recent years. This specialty finish results in a rough appearance that is reminiscent of leather material. Because a leathered finished lacks any kind of shine, leathered stone hides fingerprints and smudges well. Leathered granite should be cleaned daily with a granite cleaner and microfiber cloth.

GranQuartz Stone Care products
GranQuartz Stone Care products available at Prestige Marble and Granite

In order to provide our clients with stone cleaners, sealers and polishes that are safe and effective, Prestige Marble and Granite offers a full line of GranQuartz stone care products. GranQuartz is a premium line of high-performing products designed specifically for marble, granite and other stone surfaces. For more marble and granite care and maintenance information,  visit our post on How to Maintain Your Beautiful Marble or Granite Countertops.

Prestige Marble and Granite is your Middle Tennessee source for stone countertops, custom fabricated from nature’s finest materials, including rare marble and exotic granite.


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