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A honed surface is processed before it is smooth but not polished and glistening. Honing generates a matte or satin finish which may be described as dull or lustrous, depending on one’s taste in endings.

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A honed granite counter may have a totally matte or slightly satin finish. The honed look can be achieved by simply finish the completing process of buffing or polishing early, developing a customizable appearance.

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Granite counters are famous for their shiny, reflective appeal. Honed granite could be equally appealing, with a contemporary and natural luster.

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One of the benefits of a honed surface is that it is more slip resistant than the polished surface, meaning it is safer for floors and wet areas, such as bathrooms.

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Though the texture of a honed stone isn’t rough, its porous surface is more vulnerable to stains, and more care is necessary for its upkeep.

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Color enhancers or stains could be added to a honed stone, which can make the surface look moist but not glistening, and will assist hide glassware rings and food stains.

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