Matte finishes only conceal most stains and smudges but do not prevent them. These imperfections are harder to see in matte surfaces.
Matte kitchen cabinets can be more difficult to clean. The stains, smudges, and scratches may not be visible but when they do, they are more difficult to remove.
Removing greasy stains, smears or fingerprints from matte surfaces tend to leave streaks or evidences of their presence. In some instances, the matte surface may seem to absorb stains making them challenging to remove completely.
Oil and grease are basically shiny and will, therefore, stand out against a matte surface. In short, oily smudges can easily be seen on matte kitchen cabinets. While it is said that marks do not show up as much in matte kitchen cabinets, you will need to clean matte surfaces more often than cabinets with glossier finishes.
The texture of matte surfaces tends to hold onto dirt, making them even more challenging to clean. Materials with a smooth matte surface are easier to clean.
Matte kitchen cabinets absorb instead of reflect light. This means that they do not make the kitchen feel bigger. As such matte, matte cabinets are not suitable for small kitchens because they will make the space feel smaller.