Leathered stone has a textured, pebbly surface with little pits and fissures – similar to the surface of a fine piece of leather. The texture will vary from piece to piece and some stones will have more pronounced leather finish than others. The overall effect is warm, inviting, and perhaps a little rustic. Even though leathered stone is not glossy or polished as has little to no shine, it typically has more depth than a honed finish. There is enough texture and sheen to show off the stone’s natural characteristics without having the higher maintenance of a mirror-finish. Typically a leathered finish will show less staining, scratches, smudges, and fingerprints. One potential drawback of this finish is that it does not have a smooth, even surface, and cleaning in the natural pits and fissures could require a bit more work.
A leathered finish is a great option for bar tops, fireplace covers, bathrooms, or even to top special tables. You may hear the term “brushed” finish, which is the same as leathered.
A leathered finish is achieved by first removing the polished face. The next step is to grind the surface with leathering brushes that apply high pressure to the surface, this is done with long-bristled brushes. These brushes tend to create small undulations in the surface that ultimately result in the leathered finish. This process, like most, is done with high pressure and under the constant flow of water.
Polished, Honed, and Leathered are the most common residential finishes, but there are a variety of additional finished that are more common to the commercial space and we will cover those now.