Why Doesn’t My Polished Porcelain Floor Have An Even Shine?
Mirror mirror on the wall, there’s a very good reason why polished porcelain floors don’t always shine like you.
Polished porcelain tiles are not mirrors and will display variations (which are sometimes referred to as a haze or cloudiness) in the level of shine when viewed under certain lighting conditions. This characteristic of shininess is an inherent feature in polished porcelain tiles, regardless of the colour of the tile, or where it was made. Many people refer to this appearance as optical hazing.
Porcelain tiles are a very high-quality variety of ceramic that is so dense it can be polished by special polishing stones to a very high finish. Beaumont Tiles sells three main types of porcelain tiles:
Unglazed porcelain tiles are a matt finish and are used in very high traffic areas, or areas where high rates of slip resistance properties are important. They can be made as matt or textured tiles.
Glazed porcelain tiles are the most popular type of porcelain tiles and are made by using a decorative, hard-wearing glaze (which can be matt or gloss) over the porcelain base.
Polished porcelain is simply unglazed porcelain that has been polished.
You may ask, “will they be perfectly shiny like a mirror”? The answer is no. Mirrors are made in a very different way to provide a near-perfect reflection. Polished porcelain tiles are made by polishing the surface with very hard grinding stones. The polishing process can open up microscopic pores on the surface of the tiles. These pores reflect light differently, rather than a perfect reflection like a mirror, therefore you may see a slight variation in shininess appearing in certain light conditions in the space where the tiles are laid. In the same way, slightly varying thicknesses of sealer may be perceived as variations in shininess. The appearance can change, being only noticeable for example when sunlight is directly shining onto the tiles from a low angle. These are normal characteristics of polished porcelain and should be expected.
Bob Beaumont's Hot Tip: The polished surface of a porcelain ceramic tile should never be expected to be perfectly reflective. Even an expensive car will not have perfectly reflective shiny paint for exactly the same reason.