leathered vs. honed granite?

melkel31May 14, 2014

what's the difference between leathered and honed granite? I thought they were the same thing but sounds like they are not... I know what leathered is bc we saw a slab of it last weekend - loved it!!

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elizabeth714

honed is not polished. it's matte. leathered is matte and textured. those are my understandings.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 2:50PM
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kitchen-reno

yes I'd describe the same as elizabeth714. Honed is a matte look, but still smooth. Leathered is also a matte look, but textured too.

I have leathered and I love it!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 2:53PM
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melkel31

is there any reason NOT to get the leathered? as far as upkeep?

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 3:06PM
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andreak100

melanie - I love our leathered countertops...the texture is wonderful and they have a "warm" feel to them. We haven't had ours long, but so far the only potential thing that I've thought of in terms of upkeep is if you were to get stuff stuck a bit in a "divoted" area it would be slightly more difficult to clean. I suppose if you were rolling out a sticky dough and some got stuck and you didn't clean it, something could get stuck. I probably also wouldn't be inclined to stick meat directly on it because the juices could collect a bit...but really, does anyone put meat directly on their counters?

I would put it in line with other granite - you do certain things and avoid doing some others. Typically, you aren't going to have a problem. Unless it's a stone that would have issues also if it were polished - and certainly the leathering process won't help you defeat the stone's natural qualities. :)

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 3:41PM
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jerzeegirl

I have leathered too and have had zero problems with it - it's also a white granite. Nothing gets stuck in the "divots" - it's hard to explain but there are not fissures so nothing really sticks in them - I have rolled dough directly on the granite and it washes right up. I wash up with all kinds of different cleaners things and it cleans up just beautifully.

My previous kitchen had honed granite and this is what I see as the biggest difference. The honed granite doesn't have any gloss to it. It is a matte finish. The leathered is different. It doesn't have a gloss but it does have a sheen to it which I cultivate by using Method clean and polish. So you don't see fingerprints but there's a kind of soft glow to it that I really like very much.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 4:16PM
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melkel31

thanks for the detailed descriptions of the differences! much appreciated! I am in the process of calling around and seems that the leathered typhoon bordeaux is a tough find! :( we have a lot of granite places around too! ...

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 6:44AM
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