Which Tile is Easiest to Clean- Matte or Glossy?

Which Tile is Easiest to Clean- Matte or Glossy? Both types of tile will add great style to a room. Tiles are also a very durable flooring choice that will last a long time in your home when cared for properly, but which tile requires the least amount of work to clean? Which will allow you to live an easier and low maintenance life?

To determine what finish style you should choose for your home’s tile it is a good idea to look at each type of finish, the pros and cons of each and their general maintenance needs.

Glossy TilesWhich Tile is Easiest to Clean- Matte or Glossy?


Glossy, high shine tiles, can give a space a modern and sleek look. They reflect and bounce light through the room which can make a space feel larger and more spacious.


The downside of a glossy finish tile is that when they are wet, they get slippery, very slippery. They are best used on floors in rooms where there is not much moisture involved.

Cleaning Glossy Tile Floors

Glossy tile floors are pretty simple to clean. Most of the time they can be mopped easily after sweeping with warm water and a mild detergent and a soft mop. Harsh chemical cleaners should be avoided on glossy tiles because it can eat away at the glossy finish. If you live near the beach and are in contact with a fair amount of sand or if you have a gravel driveway glossy floor may not be the best choice as these items will scratch up that pretty shiny surface.

It is important to clean any stains or spills as soon as they happen as well to avoid any damage to the finish.

Matte Tiles


Matte tiles come in both glazed and unglazed form. They provide a more traditional look and feel in the space and allow for better traction. They are a great low maintenance choice for bathroom floors and entry areas where there is high traffic. Matte tiles also make it harder to see fingerprints/dirt/streaks.


It is more difficult to see dirt and therefore more difficult to determine if your matte floors are fully clean. Some of them may even require a special cleaning method.

Cleaning Matte Tiles

There are a large number of cleaning products made specifically for cleaning matte tiles, some of them are green products. It is always best with matte tile to make sure you are using a cleaning product made specifically for the type of tile you have. For some matte tiles you can use a simple solution of vinegar and water.

If you need help getting your tile or grout looking new again, we can help. We have deep cleaned several tile surfaces in homes throughout Edmonds and surrounding areas. For tile and grout cleaning and sealing in Lynnwood and Edmonds and surrounding areas make an appointment over the phone or online with All Kleen 

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