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Reflectivity problem with glazed tile ?
A highly reflective (mirror like) surfacing can be beautiful flooring, but be objectionable in certain applications. For instance, a mirrored floor is not very desirable in public restrooms. What to do to correct the problem depends on the surface type. Trying to use a sealer or other type coating to "dull" the finish is usually not a pleasing look.
- For polished marble and limestone - see the page in Problem Solving on polished marble "aging".
- For polished granite - you will need to investigate light abrasion by machine.
- For a sealed surface - remove the sealer and reseal with a low gloss choice.
- For a ceramic tile with a kiln fired glaze (not a sealer) - For the purpose of increasing traction, there are contractors who treat a glazed tile with a hydrofluoric acid compound to achieve a very light etch to the glaze. When this surface is wet, it actually and amazingly grips more than when dry. In this case, the idea is to use this same process to dull down the finish. The contractor will need to experiment with the process on a sample piece of tile. We do not produce these chemicals because they are dangerous to work with and require a professional applicator. Check with your local tile dealers, the yellow pages, or an internet search engine.
This information is provided for your research and decision making. We cannot know if it is the most appropriate answer to your situation and suggest testing and evaluation. Any information provided by Aldon is only information, not a recommendation to take any particular action.