Porcelain is a very tough and durable man-made product. It is a breeze to keep clean and will look fantastic for many years to come, if maintained correctly – which takes very little effort. Polished porcelain tiles have a high gloss finish, however they do not possess the same characteristics of a mirror. We must inform prospective customers about the reflective properties of porcelain, due to something called optical hazing, in order to avoid any customer disappointments.
Polished porcelain tiles are subject to a phenomenon known as optical hazing. It presents itself as a smoky haze or smudge on the surface of the product. This haze is only visible when the tile is hit by certain light sources. Optical hazing is a natural feature of polished porcelain tiles – it is not a fault, nor does it have any effect on the technical performance of the product.
Upon making a purchase with Designer Tile Company, always ask your sales representative if the product requires sealing. Some manufacturers choose to pre-seal their tiles during the production process to save time and money for the customer and the tiler, so it may not be required.
In most cases, the sealing of porcelain tiles is to assist in the prevention of stains. If in fact your product does require sealing, one of the very experienced team members in the Tilers Warehouse is always on hand to help you find the correct sealer. Generally speaking, it is polished porcelain that most often requires sealing due to the polishing process that results in micro pores.