Dullness / loss of shine

Dullness / loss of shine

Consistent dullness or a general loss of shine on a previously gleaming surface can be caused by a number of different factors:

1. A polished surface shows traffic marks where it’s mostly commonly used

Traffic marks are most often seen on polished or semi-polished tiles laid in heavy traffic environments. They appear as dull areas where people walk the most – in entranceways, in front of lifts, at bottom of stairs and so on. These areas will appear duller faster and require more frequent maintenance. This is particularly common in commercial environments.

2. Wear and tear causes dullness

Many of the more desirable polished stone surfaces such as marble, limestone and travertine are more susceptible to wear through surface grime, grit and general traffic. Dirt and grit in particular can scratch the surface and eventually this area will become dull.

3. Incorrect cleaning products can reduce shine

In some cases the use of incorrect cleaning chemicals (such as an acidic product on a calcium-based stone such as marble) will also lead to dullness.

4. The surface was supplied matt, but I’d like it to have more shine

In other cases the stone or tiles will have been supplied with a matt finish. It is possible to convert a matt surface into a gloss finish.

Is it possible to get the shine back?

Recovery can usually be easily achieved on most calcium-based stone (marble, limestone and travertine) by a Gleam Restoration process. Harder stone (granite and basalt) may require a Resurfacing treatment.

Prevention and protection is important in order to be able to minimise the occurrence of this problem. Dirt trap mats at all entry points and regular maintenance will assist in keeping the polished floors in best condition at all times.

For professional help:

If you have dullness, loss of shine or visible foot traffic marks, you can book a free Slique Consultation – we’ll come and confirm your problem, and give you a quote for our Technicians to professionally restore the surface to as-new condition.


Click here to view the contact details of your local Slique branch

Click here to read more about Gleam Restoration to restore a dull surface

Coffee descaler caused serious damage to this green marble benchtop

Coffee descaler caused serious damage to this green marble benchtop

  • Image of Coffee descaler caused serious damage to this green marble benchtop
  • Image of Full restoration of the benchtop was possible
  • Image of This travertine floor was supplied in a matt finish
  • Image of Slique was able to change the travertine into a high-gloss finish
  • Image of The right side of the image shows traffic wear, while the left side has been restored
  • Image of Foot traffic is a common cause of dullness in commercial environments

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