This question comes from a reader of our blog, Jill.
"I want to put honed black absolute counters in my kitchen but am concerned about the fingerprints. I am happy to wipe the counters often if I have to if there's a cleaner that will do the trick. Do you have a one to suggest? Does a color enhancing sealer show less fingerprints?"
I always suggest using a color enhancing sealer when Absolute Black granite is honed. Mainly because of the coloring, it's goes pretty grey when it's honed. By using the color enhancing sealer it brings the black back out.
Here's a picture of a piece of Absolute Black that we honed. The left side does not have any sealer on it, the right side has one coat of Enrich N Seal Color Enhancing Sealer.
You can see more pictures of the power of color enhancing sealer here.
The other reason I strongly recommend using color enhancing sealer is for the fingerprints. When Absolute Black granite is honed every single fingerprint will show and look like a gross, greasy fingerprint if the granite does not have a color enhancing sealer on it. With the color enhancing sealer you won't have too big of a problem with fingerprints.
I recommend using Rock Doctor Granite Cleaner or Method Granite Cleaner on honed granite. It's what I use on the honed granite and honed limestone in my own home. They both do a great job at cleaning up any fingerprints that do occur and do a great job cleaning the countertops in general. Bonus....I like how they smell. :)
For more information about color enhancing sealer go here.
To read more about honing and other surface textures for stones go here.
You can also read my Stone Care & Maintenance Guide here.