Can a layman hone marble if it is polished?
What is involved in honing marble?
Here is the situation: everyone is telling me to get honed, not polished, marble for my kitchen.
I *love* the look of polished. Like any stone, the richness and depth are brought out when polished. I feel like you lose some of the beauty of the veining and the "look deep into me" crystalline effect of the marble when it is not polished.
However, someone told me that polished marble will quickly etch from acids like lemon juice that spritzes on it while I'm cooking, and not look nice, so honed is a much better choice. I wipe spills quickly; my husband not so much!
Does anyone know the answer to the following:
If I go ahead and pick polished, and after a few years hate the etching, can I "sand" it in place right there in my kitchen, achieving a honed look? Or are there professionals who do this? How much would it cost? Does it produce a big mess, or is such a light sanding needed that it is no big deal? Here is another idea: What if I applied a very weak acid (like diluted vinegar or lemon juice) evenly to the stone and wiped it off? Would that give a honed look?