Differences between marble polishing and marble honed

Marble is versatile; they can be spotted almost everywhere. Hallways of buildings, restaurants’ countertops, hotels’ pillars, homes, and even status. We are often overwhelmed by the kinds of colours, designs, and combinations that marble can offer us. However, not many realised that behind this beautiful shade, there lie a secret factor which is going to determine all.

That is marble finish.

The two most common marble finishes available in current market are marble polish and marble honed. Both of them differ in subtle ways thus it is best to either consult experts or to do some self-research, so as to have a thorough understanding of each of their characteristics before deciding which is the right choice.

The first different one need to know about marble polish and marble honed is the appeal. Unlike polished marble, honed marble offers neither a glossy nor shiny end product, but rather a soft and smooth touch. As a result, scratched marks are not obvious for honed marble, even under strong lighting. However, such characteristic made honed marble more susceptible to oil or chemical spills and absorbed these substances way faster than polished marble.

The reflective nature of polished marble does make it a victim to accidental abrasions, but the layer of protective coat enabled it to withstand stains better. This means that polished marble is better suited for areas with less human traffic, so that to avoid the pouring amount of friction created from wear and tear. It also means that polished marble is not suitable in bathroom because it gets really slippery when it is wet. This will not be found in honed marble thus, as compared to polished marble, honed marble is more suited to be used in places with higher human traffic and bathroom.

Both polished and honed marble are equally durable but maintaining each of them is entirely different. As honed marble is more likely to get damages by spills and stains, one shall never use detergent or soap in the cleaning process as they may seep through the marble, darkening it as a result. Instead, one should use mild or warm water as the main mode of cleaning. On the other hand, polished marble is more tolerable to stains and etch hence cleaning it with household detergent will not create severe damage. However, do note that rough brushing and the use of heavy chemical like ammonia to clean polished marble, may cause it to lose its glossiness.


Nevertheless, as both honed and polished marbles are made from the same material; do avoid damaging them with daily beverages like coffee or tea, sour-based liquids such as vinegar, fruit juices, or tomato sauce, and cosmetic. Last but not least, clean both of them before applying sealer, so that they will always appear new and last long.