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Flooring condition

Definition of Gloss

Gloss refers to the amount of shine or reflectivity of a floor. It’s measured on a scale of 1 to 100 with 1 being the lowest level of gloss and 100 being the highest.

High-gloss floors may be shiny and attractive, but they are more susceptible to abrasion and require more frequent maintenance and cleaning. Low-gloss floors may lack the visual appeal of high-gloss floors but are more durable and easier to maintain.

A floor’s gloss level is determined by the:

  • Finish or coating applied
  • Type of floor covering
  • Amount of maintenance and care the floor requires
  • Type of lighting used in a space

Example of Gloss in a Sentence

“A low-gloss finish is more practical and durable for use in high-traffic areas, while high-gloss floors work well for luxurious spaces.”


  • Burnish
  • Vanish 
  • Finish
  • Glaze 

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