Saturday, 1 November 2014

Honed or polished marble?

A splash of marble gives a home the grand appearance of opulence and luxury, but it comes at a high price so you will want to make sure you've made the right decision when choosing your marble finish to ensure longevity. 

Marble is a durable natural stone available in a vast spectrum of shades from white to black, often with contrasting veins jauntily running through the stone.  It is a porous alkaline material that is susceptible to acid spills, the acid will cause a reaction with the alkaline stone causing lasting patina.

Here are a few facts about the stones finishes:


  • Due to its satin finish scratches so not show up as much.  This makes it a good choice for use in high foot traffic areas such as the Kitchen, Hallway & Living Room.
  • Honed is also less slippery when wet so is better suited for use in the Bathroom.
  • Spills that cause staining must be wiped up quickly as honed marble is more prone to soak up spills.
  • Honed marble requires high maintenance, it will need to be resealed every 6 months or so to keep it protected


  • Polished marble has a glossy finish that reflects the light.  This makes it unsuitable for flooring as it shows up scratches very easily.
  • The polished finish also makes the stone very slippery underfoot, which is why it is not recommended for Bathrooms.
  •  The polished finish makes the marble more resistant to stains, however spills should still be wiped up promptly.  This makes polished marble a more suitable choice for counter tops.
  • Polished marble requires less maintenance than honed marble.

Art of Clean are marble cleaning & polishing specialists.  For more information about our services contact the team on 01223 863632 or at to find out more.

We are a qualified cleaning company who specialise in CarpetRugHardwood floor, Stone floorUpholstery and Leather cleaning for domestic an commercial clients.