How to Care for Your Terrazzo
Terrazzo floors are the low-maintenance flooring solution. But low maintenance does not mean no maintenance. There are a few simple steps you need to follow in order to keep your new Terrazzo floor clean and beautiful.
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The first step is to learn which Terrazzo system you’re using. There are three different systems that are typically used to bind the aggregate together in Terrazzo floors: Portland cement, Epoxy resin polymer, and modified polyacrylate cement. Although each system is similar in appearance, different material is used in each to bind the marble and glass chips together.
Most terrazzo floors are initially protected with a topical sealer. These sealers assist in keeping spilled material from penetrating the surface of the terrazzo and etching, staining, or damaging it in some way. It is important to clean up spills immediately to ensure that the spilled substance does not penetrate through the sealed surface and damage the terrazzo.
It is also important to implement a simple daily and weekly program to sweep, mop, and remove dirt and debris from the surface of the floor. Neutral PH only cleaning solutions are recommended. Do not use harsh chemicals to clean terrazzo floors. Typically, building managers will also implement a regular terrazzo wax and burnish program to ensure the original sealer is protected and does not wear off from daily traffic. MANY years down the road, terrazzo can be re-polished and restored if needed to bring it back to its original state by a certified NTMA terrazzo contractor.
It is becoming more and more common to hone or polish terrazzo to a high polish “marble finish” and seal it with a penetrating stone sealer. This finish leaves an extremely elegant and easy to clean finish. No topical sealers or wax is required. However, without a topical sealer the terrazzo can be more susceptible to spills. Our crews use this finish commonly in residential applications and there are few floors that can match the beauty of a 3,000 grit polished terrazzo floor!