How To Make Matte Porcelain Tile Shiny: 12 Easy Steps

Maybe you initially opted for matte tile, but now you wish you’d chosen a polished finish. Or perhaps you moved into a home with matte tile and are ready to amp it up with some gloss. Either way, you’re probably curious about how you can add some shine!

The most effective way to make matte porcelain tile shiny is to:

  • Purchase a sealant or gloss fluid made specifically for porcelain tile
  • Remove existing stains
  • Thoroughly clean the tile’s surface
  • Apply a thin layer of gloss fluid or sealant
  • Let it dry completely
  • Proceed with additional coats until you’ve reached your desired level of shininess

In this article, we’ll discuss the products you can use to make your matte porcelain tile shiny. We’ll also share a simple step-by-step process to guide you in applying the product of your choice.

What Can I Put On Porcelain Tile To Make It Shine?

Porcelain tile is called a “high-fire” material because it’s exposed to temperatures higher than 2,000°F during the finishing process. It’s an extremely strong material that can withstand quite a bit of wear and tear. This makes it an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor flooring!

One of the best selling points of porcelain tile is that it offers incredible protection against humidity and moisture. Even in spaces like the bathroom, you don’t have to worry about water damage with this type of tile.

There are options available if you have matte porcelain tile and want it to be shinier. However, you should be aware that dirt, scratches, and smudges will be much more visible on a glossy floor. Glossy tile is also more slippery than a matte finish.

If you’re sure that you want a shiny porcelain tile floor, consider using a sealant or gloss fluid. Regardless of which one you choose, ensure it’s formulated specifically for use with porcelain tile. 

Always read the instructions and follow manufacturer recommendations when using these products.

Topical Sealant

A topical or surface sealant sits on top of the tile. It’s non-porous and stain-resistant. Not only does this type of sealant enhance the tile’s colors, but it also adds shine.

Penetrating Sealant

Penetrating sealants absorb into the tile. They create a stain-resistant shield below the tile’s surface. Although most penetrating sealants don’t affect the tile’s appearance, you can find some that add shine.

Gloss Fluid

Gloss fluid specifically developed for use with porcelain tile is easy to apply and results in a long-lasting professional appearance. It leaves behind a clear protective barrier and has a glossy finish. Gloss fluid is often available in multiple finishes and protects your tile for years to come.

How Do You Add Gloss To Matte Porcelain Tile?

Below, you’ll find a step-by-step process to add gloss to your matte porcelain tile.

1. Determine Whether The Tile Is Unglazed

Before getting started, you’ll need to ensure that your tile is unglazed. You cannot add gloss to glazed tile. 

Unglazed tile comes in natural colors. It stains easily but doesn’t show much wear. Glazed tile, on the other hand, comes in nearly every color imaginable. It’s stain-resistant, but shows wear much more easily.

2. Gather Your Materials

You’ll need the following materials for this project:

  • Gloss fluid or sealant of your choice
  • Fan
  • Mop
  • Two buckets
  • Broom or vacuum
  • White vinegar
  • Rubber gloves
  • Clean mop, wax applicator, or foam rubber brush

3. Ventilate The Area

While using the gloss fluid or sealant, keeping the area well-ventilated is crucial. Inhaling fumes can be dangerous, so open the doors and windows. If you have fans available, use them to keep the air circulating as well.

4. Prepare The Space

Next, you’ll need to remove all furniture and other items from the flooring. Use a broom or vacuum to clear away dirt and debris. You’ll want the entire surface to be completely unobstructed.

5. Remove Existing Stains

Examine your unglazed porcelain flooring to check for stains. If you find any, use a scrub brush or abrasive cleaning pad and solution to remove them. 

Rinse the tile thoroughly and allow it to dry fully. You may need to repeat this process multiple times for particularly stubborn stains.

6. Mop The Floor

Mix two gallons of warm water with ¼ cup of white vinegar in a bucket. Mop the floor using a clean mop and let it dry completely.

7. Review Manufacturer’s Instructions

Before applying the gloss fluid or sealant, look over all of the manufacturer’s instructions. You may find that certain requirements, like a specific room temperature, are needed for the best results.

8. Prepare The Gloss Fluid Or Sealant

Pour some of the sealant or gloss fluid into a clean bucket. This way, it’ll be easily accessible during the application process.

9. Apply The Gloss Fluid Or Sealant

Figure out the most strategic way to apply the gloss fluid or sealant to avoid trapping yourself in a corner while it dries. Usually, the best route is to start in the farthest corner from the door.

Put on your rubber gloves and select an applicator (clean mop, wax applicator, or foam rubber brush). Use your applicator of choice to lightly brush the sealant or gloss fluid over the flooring.

You’ll want to make sure that the fluid or sealant appears clear as it is applied. If the coat is too thick, it’ll create a white coating on top of the tile.

If any puddles form on the flooring, smooth them out with your applicator as needed.

10. Give It Time To Dry

Once you’ve finished applying the first coat, set up an oscillating fan to help the drying process along. Give the floor at least half an hour to dry before returning to the project.

11. Apply The Second Coat

Ensure the floor is completely dry to the touch. Once it is, apply the second coat of gloss fluid or sealant. Let it dry completely.

12. Repeat If Necessary

After the second coat has had sufficient time to dry, evaluate the floor’s level of shininess. If you’d like it to be shinier, repeat the process a third time. Allow the gloss fluid or sealant to dry completely once again.


Making a matte porcelain tile floor shiny can be a simple DIY project. Start by purchasing a gloss fluid or sealant meant for porcelain tile. Next, remove any stains and clean the floor thoroughly.

Then it’s time to apply a thin coat of gloss fluid or sealant to the floor. Once the first coat has dried, you can add a second if you’d like. Repeat the process once more if you’d prefer your tile to be even shinier.

Jessica Allen

Jessica is a freelance writer and editor who has years of experience writing about home improvement and interior design. When she’s not typing away in her office, you can find her doing yoga in her backyard or curling up with a good book.

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