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See How Our Stone Honing Service in Nashville, TN Gave This White Carrara Marble Countertop a Beautiful Matte Finish

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August 17, 2018

Because polished finishes are common, many people believe that all marble surfaces are supposed to be that way. A polished finish is a shiny, high-gloss kind of finish that fully displays the stone's colors as well as its patterns. In cases where the stone's color is light, the surfaces will be highly reflective, affecting the look and feel of the room where the stone has been installed. Even though this is a sought-after look by many homeowners, for some others, such as this woman in Nashville, TN, a polished finish can be a troublesome thing to deal with.

Before and After Picture of a White Carrara Marble Countertop Stone Honing Service in Nashville, Tennessee
This homeowner had grown tired of the high polish look on her kitchen's white carrara marble countertop because no matter how much she tried, it always showed fingerprints, etches, and never looked clean. She tried using a myriad of products, including homemade recipes with vinegar, which only seemed to worsen the situation. She was also tired of the glossy look on her countertop and desired a much smoother one. Feeling helpless, she went online to look for advice and found out people had solved similar issues with a stone honing service performed by experts. This led her to search for stone honing services in Nashville, TN. Shortly after, she found our website. After reading some of the testimonials from satisfied customers, she decided to contact us for a free in-home evaluation.

What is a Honed Surface?

A surface is honed when the stone slab has been ground to a flat, consistent surface. This finish is achieved by skipping the last stage of the polishing process, leaving the stone with a matte look and a satin-like texture. Having your marble surface honed does not only affect its looks, but it also brings other benefits and drastically changes how it must be maintained. Here is what you need to know about honed stone surfaces:
  • While honed stone surfaces are more resistant to etching and scratching, they are more susceptible to stains. This is because after the stone has been honed, its pores are wide open, so it is important to clean spills immediately.

  • Due to their matte look, they are perfect for high traffic areas. They also do not heavily reflect light, giving the space where the stone has been installed a lighter atmosphere.

  • Even though many people believe having marble surfaces in the kitchen will most likely result in disaster, honed marble is a great option for your kitchen area because it is durable and requires little maintenance.

  • When it comes to maintenance, just be sure to regularly wipe the surface with water or stone-safe cleaners, clean up spills right away, and re-seal the surface when necessary.

The Evaluation

On the day of the appointment, our stone honing professionals assessed the customer's white carrara marble countertop. Since the surface had a polished finish that made it highly reflective, spotting the scratches and etch marks the client had told our experts about over the phone was not a difficult task. Our experts thought the etch marks could have been a result of a corrosive chemical reaction from either citrus or vinegar. This was later confirmed by the homeowner when she told them she had used vinegar to clean the stone surface. The client also let our team know she wanted to tone down the glossy look of her marble surface.

Before and After Picture of a White Carrara Marble Countertop Stone Honing Service in Nashville, TN
After they took the customer's concerns into account, our experts offered a stone honing service to restore the surface. This would both ease the maintenance of the marble and give it the matte finish the customer desired. Since that was exactly what she was looking for, the homeowner agreed to the service and scheduled another appointment to get the job done.

How The Surface Was Restored

Sir Grout Nashville's stone honing experts went back to the customer's home, ready to perform the service. They started by using a pH-neutral cleaner with a high-speed scrubber to thoroughly clean the marble surface. Sir Grout's Natural cleaner contains ingredients that can help keep the surface protected from harmful microorganisms for up an extended period of time after it has been applied. Once it was fully clean, they honed the surface with a low grit pad to remove all the etch marks and scratches and give it a lovely matte finish. They finished the job by applying a deep-penetrating sealant to close the stone's pores to prevent staining.

The Results

After the job was finished, our team showed the homeowner the results. She was very glad to see her kitchen now looked clean and had a smoother atmosphere. She thanked them and assured them she would recommend Sir Grout Nashville to anyone in need of a hard surface restoration service.

Quick Maintenance Tips

Before leaving, our professionals gave the customer some tips to keep her marble countertop in top condition. First, they advised her to have the surface sealed at least once a year to prevent damage caused by spills. They also suggested cleaning up spills as quickly as possible. Lastly, they recommended regularly cleaning the surface with a pH-neutral stone-safe cleaner to retain the marble's clean look.

Before and After Picture of a White Carrara Marble Countertop Stone Honing in Nashville, Tennessee

A Stone Honing Service in Your Area

When the years and use have taken their toll on your stone surfaces, it is best to seek professional help to restore them. Our experts at Sir Grout Nashville have the best stone honing experts to fully bring back your stone's natural beauty. Call us at (615) 649-6767 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this website to schedule a free in-home consultation today. Do not forget to keep up with our latest news and promotions by subscribing to our newsletter.

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