Honed granite countertops are becoming popular. This granite has a dull type finish instead of a shiny polished finish. Honed granite surfaces do show stains easier, though. Below, several types of honed granite materials are explained. Flamed Honed Granite Countertops A flamed finish is one created using a hot flame. Heat stresses the material and causes the crystals to pop out. A very rough texture is made during flaming. River Washed Honed Granite Countertops Before granite can be river washed, it goes during the process of being flamed. The river washing is done to smooth out the rough feel left from being flamed. The surface is smoothed out with no reflection. Honed Quartz Countertops Honed quartz countertops need more daily maintenance than the polished finished ones since there is more exposure. Finger prints, marks and other daily living signs will explain up on honed material. Soft Scrubs can be used to clean them. Black Absolute Honed Granite Black absolute honed granite countertops have a smooth non-reflective surface. It has a softer and warmer look than the polished black absolute granite. The honed is more absorbent so it is to be used in areas with less exposure to acids and other chemicals. Soft scrubs can be used to clean them also.