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What is "Lappato" polishing

Porcelain tiles have a mat surface when produced, and if viewed under a microscope that surface would have peakes and troughs.

Some surfaces are deliberately glazed to produce textures - for example woodgrain - so that to the touch, greater realism is achieved.

The glaze on the surface of a porcelain tile is very hard and strong. It has to be, so the tile can withstand foot trafiic without showing any wear-and-tear.

This hardness means the surface can be polished with granite brushes to achive a different aesthetic.

Lappato is a 'light' polishing that removes the high surfaces of the texture and leaves low surfaces untouched.

These 2 images demonstrate the difference on a textured tile surface.

When the surface of the tile is smooth, lappato polishing can produce a more glossy and reflective effect. 

This range of white marble tiles has mat and lappato surface options, with the lappato providing a more high-gloss reflective surface, to more accurately replicates the natural stone it is a copy of.

The process can also be used to enhance the charatceristics of a style - the image below is a porcelain limestone - you can see the increased definition to the effect that the lappatto polishing has created.

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