Keep in mind that marble is much more porous than is granite. The different finishes are very subjective choices.
First, let’s look at the different finishes from which you can choose:
1. Polished: Creates a shiny transparent coat over the stone. This is the most common finish.
2. Honed: The surface feels absolutely smooth and flat yet non-glossy.
3. Leathered / Antiqued: These two terms can be used interchangeably. The feel of the stone is clearly textured and matte. This is done with chemical solutions and brushing of the surface of the stone for an uneven finish, rustic appearance.
4. Flamed: The surface of the stone is torched, giving it a look that is unique and aged. Often used for exteriors of buildings as the stone is very strong.
All of these finishes need to be cleansed using only warm water and a mild detergent. Never use generic household cleaners and especially not a water & vinegar solution as these will etch the stone. Pick up all messes as soon as they happen, to avoid staining. Polished surfaces can show etching more than the other finishes because etching means to wear away at the surface of the stone, and it’s much more visible on polished surfaces. Honed, leathered, and flamed surfaces have no polish, so etching doesn’t show as much but don’t let it fool you, it happens.
Make sure to ask your fabricator if professional sealing is included in your finished product price; and if it’s not, pay the extra to get it done professionally at first, and then keep it up yourself once a year or so. We at Interstone recommend and sell Fila brand quality products that are easy to use and cost-effective.