Honing a stone removes the surface polish and produces a matte finish. This look is currently contemporary. It is beneficial to hone marble when it is used in kitchens as polished marble is prone to become etched if anything slightly acidic is left on the stone. Etching leaves dull ring marks in the stone. By honing, the polish is removed and this problem is avoided. Honing marble also allows scratches to be sanded out. Some granites are also amenable to being honed – with honed absolute black granite being particularly popular. Quartz surfaces can also be honed.