Before occupying pride of place on your kitchen countertop, granite slabs go through an intensive fabrication and finishing process. These processes prepare the stone for enduring usage while also rendering them with aesthetic appeal. Granite, in particular, can accommodate a few stone finishing procedures that highlight the beauty of the stone. Here are a few popular granite finishes.
The most popular among finishes, the polished granite is a regular fixture in most homes. During the process, the granite undergoes a series of grinding and buffing procedures that leave it with a mirror-like shine and bathed in gloss. A polished look always brings forth the real hue and the character of the stone and is a finish that reduces greatly the porous nature of granite. However, in order to maintain the sleek surface, you will have to pay extra attention to the stone. Ensure that you use the right cleaning liquids during regular cleanups and also seal the stone every few years.
If your polished granite is a glossy photo, then a leathered finish can be likened to a matte photograph. Often used on dark-colored granites, the leathered finish gives the granite a coarse, leather-like texture. Devoid of any gloss and shine, the finish can easily conceal the smudges and fingerprints that appear on a countertop’s surface during daily use. Like the polished finish, the leathered finish too seals the granite’s pores and drastically cuts down the probability of stains settling in. A leathered finish will have to be maintained with a daily cleaning using a microfiber cloth and a suitable cleaning agent.
When you add a dash of shine to a leathered surface, it becomes a caressed finish. With the caressed look, certain high spots on the stone are bestowed a sheen, giving it a polished yet rugged look.
A sanding process gives a polished granite slab a honed look. The honed finish delivers a smooth as silk surface but also opens out the pores in the stone, making it more susceptible to stains. Constant cleaning of the stone will also lead to a fading in colors of the stone. And you will notice that some spots are lighter than the others, which is why it is recommended that lighter colored stones are used for the honing process. While a honed finish does require more resealing than the others, it expertly hides any blemishes due to its non-reflective surface.