Cement mortars combined with marble or glass is what makes up Terrazzo. The chips of marble or glass are generally added to the surface as it is setting so more of that material is visible. It’s then polished and cleaned. Protective coatings are not completely necessary on Terrazzo floors but as with any other floor type, you need to add some coating to protect the marble chips and prevent the surface from being too slick.
Terrazzo is susceptible to stains and that is one of its only drawbacks. Luckily, restoring it is relatively simple. Stripping the surface is the first step in removing any buildup. A floor cleaner made for this type of floor is ideal for restoring damaged Terrazzo flooring. An approved sealant with a roll paintbrush may be applied to protect the tiles from future damage.
Since your flooring is one of the most expensive and time-consuming projects if you do it yourself, you want to keep it looking as good as possible. Simple steps can prolong the life of your floor, regardless of the type you have. Here are some tricks that will keep your terrazzo flooring looking new:
– Keep as much sun from reaching the floor as possible. UV rays from the sun will cause your terrazzo floor to fade or become discolored. Close your curtains or blinds unless you are in the room.
– Always use floor protectors under your couches and other heavy furniture.
– Don’t let spills sit. Clean up anything that might stain immediately.
– Use doormats and make sure you wipe your feet or remove your shoes at the front door.
– When you have to move a heavy piece of furniture that cannot be lifted, be sure to use non-abrasive sliders so you don’t damage the floor.
– Dust and vacuum floors regularly to maximize beauty and decrease build-up of debris.
– Exercise caution when using bleaches, tile cleaners, mildew removers, oven cleaners, drain openers and plant food as these contain strong chemicals that can discolor floors.
– Always follow your manufacturer’s guidelines on products that are safe for your flooring.
– Treat grout with a sealer to make cleaning easier.
– Vacuum without a beater bar and use a microfiber mop, which is gentle on the floor, to prevent scratching.