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What are the pros and cons of honed granite countertops?

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The benefits of honed granite countertops are that they are very durable, heat-resistant and scratch-resistant. They also come in a variety of patterns and colors and have a matte finish. However, honed granite countertops require more routine cleaning, are more porous than polished granite and therefore more readily absorb stains, are expensive, and may require a color and natural stone sealant application twice per year.

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Honed granite derives its soft, non-reflective matte finish from the way in which it is polished. In polished granite, the stone is polished after it has been buffed, which gives it its characteristic smooth and reflective finish. Honed granite is polished before it is buffed rather than after, which ultimately dulls the finish of the stone. This is also why honed granite is more susceptible to stains; the buffering process and the natural qualities of the stone ultimately make it more porous. However, most liquids cannot seep into the stone and stay there permanently because the stone is so dense. A daily washing with a wet cloth or soft-bristled brush should remove any residue.

The longevity of honed granite can also be increased by sealing the stone twice a year. It is best to use a color-enhancing sealer on honed granite rather than applying an impregnating sealant. Because the stone is so dense, an impregnating sealant does not absorb properly into the counter-top.

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