How do I get my Porcelain Tile to have a Wet Look?

QUESTION

We have porcelain tile in our kitchen. It has a paver type rough finish to it. When I mop it, it has a beautiful wet look and the colors seem to pop. Is there any finish or sealant that can be applied to the tile that would give it this look even when dry?

ANSWER

ANSWER - There are sealers called enhancers.  They are normally penetrating sealers used on natural stone products to give them a wet look.  They are breathable sealers.  There is a product called Miracle 511 Seal & Enhance that says it can be used on a ceramic tile.  Porcelain tile is a type of a ceramic tile.   This can only potential work if you are applying it over a unglazed or through body tile without a glazed (glass-like material on its surface).

You need to experiment with the sealer to see if it will perform the way you want it to.  Porcelain tile has very little absorption that is 0.5% or less.  So it is important when you apply a sealer to the tile surface that you wipe it dry immediately with a lint free cloth right after you apply the sealer, since the tile won't absorb much.

For a list of manufacturers who sell sealers for tile and stone go to the CTaSC Resource page at Cleaners and Sealers.

2 thoughts on “How do I get my Porcelain Tile to have a Wet Look?

  1. Joshua Barelli says:

    I have wood look tile and I always like it best when I’m mopping and it’s wet. But I’m also clumbsy and I have a floating tile staircase so I don’t want to make it slippery
    My place is about 1700 sq ft if you need to know that too

    • Donato Pompo says:

      The wood look tiles are mostly likely an impervious porcelain tile so they don’t absorb much. There are enhancer sealers that are designed to give a wet look in porous natural stone, but I’m not sure it would do much on a porcelain tile.

      There are topical sealers that will give a sheen, but then you could get traffic patterns and there is more maintenance to have to maintain it. It could make the tile more slippery depending on the type of sealer applied.

      You could wax the tile to give it a sheen, but then that is a lot of maintenance to polish and strip and reapply. The wax floors might not make it more slippery and could make it less slippery depending on the product and how it is applied.

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