I had a ceramic tile floor put in about 2-3 years ago in my kitchen and
off-kitchen room. The tiles are a matte finish, not entirely matte but it
looks like it had a bit of a sheen to it. They are certainly not like my
glossy bathroom tiles.
The floor has recently been looking rather grungy no matter how much I clean
it and it seems to hold the dirt more than I think it should.
Whatever sealer was put on by the installer most likely needs to be
reapplied, but not before I use a heavy duty tile cleaner/degreaser.
I stopped in my local HD and I see they have a matte finish sealer or a
glossy finish sealer. I'd prefer to purchase the glossy sealer and apply
that over the matte tiles/grout. The guy at HD said that I could do that
and it would make the tiles glossy(er) but not quite as though they were
originally glossy tiles. This is the effect that I am looking for anyway.
In retrospect I probably should have purchaseed glossy tiles to begin
As the sealer, whether matte or glossy, would be absorbed into the
tiles/grout anyway and any remaining would dry on the surface I don't really
see any problem with using glossy instead of matte.
I guess it is a personal taste issue more than anything else but can anyone
see any downside to doing this?