Today we’re going into great detail on how to care for honed countertops. Most homeowners think about color and material when they consider remodeling their kitchen countertops. However, other aspects such as edge treatments and finishes also impact the look and feel of your entire countertop and kitchen. Glossy or polished countertops are the more popular choice. However, if you’re going for a subtler appeal, a honed or matte texture may appeal to you. Here is how to take care of this finish.
Daily Care for Honed Countertops
The way that you take care of honed countertops is similar to a glossy texture. It’s best not to use any abrasive or acidic cleaners on a matte natural stone countertop. A gentle dishwashing detergent soap will do the trick! When you wipe down your honed countertop, use a soft dry to dry it to avoid scratches. If you use a cleaner, ensure that it’s compatible with stone. Some stone cleaners even contain sealant in them, enabling you to seal as you clean.
What Specific Cleaners to Avoid
- Cleaners that contain ammonia (Windex, Fantastik, 404)
- Acid-containing cleaners (tile, tub, and grout cleaners)
- Lemon juice and vinegar
If you own a natural stone matte countertop, we advise that you blot spills immediately. Materials like granite are durable. However, due to its porosity, you want to handle this surface with care. In addition, honed countertops require sealant more often than polished countertops. We recommend sealing them every two to three months.
What to Keep in Mind About the Sealing Process
- Honed countertops in lighter colors, such as white, will require sealing more often.
- It’s essential to read the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings.
- If you use a penetrating sealant, use a brush or roller to ensure you have an even coat and let it soak for 15-30 minutes. A second coat may be necessary, depending on the countertop’s color and porosity.
- Use a sanitary, dry cloth to wipe up any excess sealant, and allow the sealant to sit for 24 to 72 hours.
- Water-based sealers bond to the pores of a countertop and come in a spray bottle, which proves to be an effortless process. You only have to let this type of sealer sit for 24 hours.
If honed countertops are what you need to enhance your home, give us a call today!
QUESTIONS ABOUT HONED COUNTERTOPS?
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