Increase in gloss or sheen of the paint film when rubbed, scrubbed or brushed up against; more noticeable in darker colours.


  • Use of a flat paint in high-traffic areas where a finish with a higher sheen level would have better resistance to burnishing
  • Frequent washing and spot-cleaning
  • Use of abrasive cloth and/or cleaners
  • Use of low-quality paints with poor stain and scrub resistance (see Poor Stain Resistance for more information)


  • Paint high-traffic areas with a superior paint.
  • Consider using paint with higher gloss or sheen in these areas.
  • Clean painted surfaces with a soft cloth or sponge and non-abrasive cleaners; rinse with water.

Please note that these suggestions are provided as a service to you. We are unable to guarantee or be responsible for the results obtained by these procedures. If you have additional questions, ask any of our expert sales associates.

Credit: Dunn Edwards Paints