When planning our recent kitchen renovation, I knew I wanted to go in a different direction from the granite countertops we had in our last house. I was forever wiping them down, only to see more streaks. I also wanted something that was low maintenance and to stay away from anything that felt really trendy. (This renovation is for the long haul.) I know you’re thinking I studied different materials for hours and looked at a billion samples. In reality, our kitchen designer brought over the honed black granite sample from her own kitchen, said it was easy to maintain and I committed.
Now that I’ve lived with them for over a year, I can say that I’m really happy with my choice. With all of the other design details going on in our kitchen, I think the simplicity of the countertops and flat finish works well. And low maintenance? For sure. I really don’t have to worry about spills or what may sit on them for too long. For everyday cleaning, I’ve been using Method daily granite cleaner. The granite installer told me to stay away from Windex, 409, etc., and also suggested I clean them with a water/denatured alcohol mixture. (I do this every now and then but not on a regular basis.)
I do occasionally notice that there will be some ring marks left that you can see in the right lighting. (Look closely at the photo above, and you can see one.) I put a call out on this Instagram post and got a lot of good cleaning suggestions, in case you’re looking for some as well. By the way, some of the rings that were bothering me before are barely noticeable now. . .
So, overall, I’m going to give honed black granite two thumbs up, especially for an extra busy countertop. It may also help that there are few hours in a day when I can actually see the surface of mine. . . ;)
Anybody else have experience with honed granite? What are your thoughts?