Brushing is done as the name suggests, by brushing the stone with steel or hard nylon brushes. It leaves a lightly textured surface that tends to be more resilient to scratches and marks. It works particularly well on limestone and some sandstones and can also be applied effectively to tumbled marble.
The mirror-like shine and smoothness of polished stone creates a unique look and feel in your home. The polished finish results in a glossy surface that reflects the natural beauty of the material. It is achieved by using progressively finer polishing heads while grinding, sanding, and buffing the stone at source to bring out its rich colors and character. The surface becomes highly reflective – it catches the light in a fascinating manner and emphasizes the colors resulting in visual depth and stunning beauty. This renders polished natural stone ideal for small areas where reflected light creates the illusion of space, as well as for any place where elegance and high style are required.
The honed surface is also very smooth but it looks much softer and lacks the intense shine and the reflection of polished finishes. Honing results in a satin-like, matte finish which is accomplished by the same method as the polished one but the process ends prior to the buffing stage. The most natural looking stones have a honed finish – it reveals the natural colors and variations of the materials in a very subtle way and creates a charming impression. For example, if the tiles are to be used in an area where slip-resistance is important, we can ask for the stone to be honed to a lower grit so that it is more matt.