Increase of gloss or sheen of paint film when subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or having an object brush against it.


  • Use of a flat paint in a highly trafficked area, where a higher sheen level would be desirable
  • Frequent washing and spot cleaning
  • Objects (furniture for example) rubbing against the walls
  • Use of lower grades of paint with poor stain and scrub resistance (see Poor Stain & Scrub Resistance)


Paint heavy wear areas that require regular cleaning (e.g. doors, windowsills and trim) with a high quality waterbased paint, as it will offer both durability and easier cleaning capabilities. In high traffic areas, choose a semi gloss or gloss finish rather than a flat sheen level. Clean painted surfaces with a soft cloth and non-abrasive, neutral cleaner.

Source: The Paint Quality Institute

Aalto recommends Aalto WB Interior Waterbased Enamel Low Sheen or Flat for high wear areas such as hallways, and WB Enamel Gloss or Semi Gloss for trims.

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