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Porcelain tile: polished or matte

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Mar 1, 2015
43 posts
Oakville, ON

Porcelain tile: polished or matte

For a bathroom floor, what is better?
I would image the polished one would be harder to keep clean because they are so shiny. However, other people have told me the opposite.
Anyone have an opinion?
5 replies
Sr. Member
May 12, 2014
989 posts
Markham, ON
For my house, I have polished in the powder room and matte in the main washroom.

It depends on what you mean by keep clean. Either looks clean or is clean.
The matte is easier to keep looking clean as it's harder to see the dirt. With polished, all the dirt and smudges show, so it's easier to keep clean, and has to be cleaned more often to look clean.

I prefer matte as I'm not too germophobic.
Deal Guru
Dec 11, 2008
12369 posts
I prefer Matte. Easier to stay clean looking.
Deal Guru
Mar 14, 2005
13811 posts
I didn't know there were matte floor tiles in home bathrooms. I would think it is easier to clean polished tiles, just like polished dishes. Imagine cleaning matte dishes. You r supposed to clean the bathroom floor on a daily basis, anyways.
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Dec 26, 2005
17050 posts
iEyeCaptain wrote: isn't polished slippery?
I would have thought this as well.

But if they have polished for floors, I would say that polished makes it look more elegant, and matte is more down-to-earth... just do it to match the rest of the home.

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