Some flat paints cannot resist the effects of rubbing and get burnished quicker than dome top quality paints. Spot cleaning with chemical liquids and frequently washing the area can also cause burnishing. At times the friction caused or pressure put by furniture on the surface of walls can also cause burnishing. The use of low quality paints that have low resistance to scrubbing and staining can lead to this problem.
As much as possible, do not place furniture near or against the wall. In areas of high activity and areas that require frequent cleaning such as around doors and windows, never use flat sheen paint. Rather use a good latex-based paint, a semi-gloss or a satin paint. Avoid washing the walls for at least a month after painting. Avoid abrasive cleaning liquids. Rather, use mild soapy water and a sponge to clean the walls. Non-burnishing flat paints that are ideal for such areas are available in the market.