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    Honed VS Polished Marble

    Are you thinking of restoring your marble surface but can’t seem to make a choice between the honed and polished look? No worries. NOVA Stone Care professionals are ready to help. Our knowledgeable team performs in person consultations and offers FREE estimates around the DMV area. We’ve decided to list the pros and cons for both finishes so you can make an informed decision about what type of finish works best on your marble.

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    Honed Marble

    Honed marble refers to the marble that has not been polished. It has a matte appearance and a velvety feel, rather than a distinctive shine of the polished marble. 

    • Honed marble is more durable than polished marble. It is resistant to scratches and chips. When it gets scratched, scratches are less noticeable because light doesn’t reflect off the matte finish the same way it does off the shiny finish of polished marble.
    • Because honed marble is not polished, it’s more susceptible to stains compared to its shiny counterpart.  
    • Honed marble is ideal for flooring. Due to the matte surface, it is less slippery than polished marble when wet.
    • Honed marble is easily maintained with regular and timely wipe downs with mild detergent and occasional resealing.
    • Because of its durability, honed marble is perfect for high traffic areas such as entryways, bathroom floors and stairs. 

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    Polished Marble

    Unlike honed marble, polished marble has a high-polish, glossy finish that is created through a special method of polishing with fine pads. Polished marble reflects light and creates rich saturation of colors. 

    • Polished marble has a mirror-like shine which means that scratches are more visible compared to honed finish. On the other hand it is more durable to stains compared to the honed version because of it’s extra layer of polish.
    • Polished marble is smooth which increases the risk of slipping and falling especially when the surface is wet. Polished marble is not a great choice for floors or high foot traffic areas. 
    • Like honed marble, polished marble is very easily maintained with timely wipe downs with mild detergent. 
    • Polished marble is a classic choice for kitchen, bathroom countertops and accent fireplaces. 

    At NOVA Stone Care we recommend honed finish for high foot traffic areas and polished finish for countertops and accent pieces.

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    Granite Countertop Deep Cleaning, Polishing And Sealing.

    Granite is a luxurious natural stone that stands out for its mirror-like, glossy shine and durability. However, like anything else, granite requires proper care and maintenance. Over time even this incredibly durable natural stone can fall victim to scratches, stains and dull spots. Eventually it loses its original shine and gleam.

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    Not to worry, this is usually fixable by professional deep cleaning, polishing and sealing. You can try to polish the granite yourself, but to ensure your investment in a granite countertop is well protected, it is best to hire a knowledgeable stone technician who will fix the problem instead of causing more damage.

    Nova Stone Care stone technicians specialize in restoring granite to its natural beauty and shine. When they arrive at the job site, they cover the entire work area with plastic covers, protective tapes and drop cloth. This step ensures surrounding objects and furniture does not get dirty or stained. Next, we deep clean the stone surface immaculately before polishing and sealing it.

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    We use nonabrasive polishing compound that is specifically made to use on natural stone. Our preferred product is MB-20 from MB Sone Care which is ideal for restoring the gleam to countertops that have gone through considerable wear and tear. During the polishing process, we remove small layers of granite that are dull, scratched and stained in order to reveal fresh, smooth stone beneath it.

    After polishing, the last step is ensuring that your stone is properly sealed. While granite is made of a tough material, it is a natural stone and it can still get stained. A proper sealing is the most important line of defense against the future damage. We recommend resealing the granite once a year for lighter tone granites and once in two years for darker stones.

    Once we are done with the sealing, we clean the surrounding area and take down the plastic covers. Our stone technicians leave the work area squeaky clean. If you want to restore the natural beauty and shine of your granite, don’t hesitate to reach out to Nova Stone Care for a free estimate. We WILL breathe life back into your stone.

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    What Is An Etch Mark?

    The etch mark is a surface damage in the form of a dull mark on natural stone that contains calcium carbonate. Coffee, red wine, oranges, lemons, vinegar, grapefruits, and acidic cleaning products are all examples of substances that can result in etching when in contact with a natural stone surface. When such substances (pH<7) come into prolonged contact with a natural stone, they corrode the stone and change its texture. Etch mark is not the same as the stain. Etch marks are lighter color than the stone, while stains have darker shades.

    Eliminating Etch Marks

    The most common mistake people make while trying to remove etch marks, is using conventional cleaning products. Such products can actually make etch marks worse. You should always use a pH-neutral cleaner when cleaning stone.

    To remove minor etch marks from polished surfaces, apply a stone polishing powder and then buff the area until the mark disappears. If the etch mark is deep, you will need a professional help to remove it the proper way. NOVA Stone Care technicians are trained to remove etch marks without damaging rest of the surface. We get rid of etch marks by honing, polishing and sealing the surfaces. They say actions speak louder than words. Why don’t you take a look at before and after pictures to judge yourself? We stand behind the quality of our work and deliver stunning results each and every time.

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