Terrazzo Cleaning, Restoration, and Maintenance
Get to Know Terrazzo
Terrazzo is a unique man-made product created with natural materials. It consists of chips of quartz, marble, glass, granite, or other suitable materials held together by binding agents. After curing, it is ground down smooth and used primarily for flooring. It can be used as wall treatments, and recently it is being used as a material for countertops and backsplashes as well.
Like any other surface that sees traffic and use, terrazzo can become yellowed, stained, chipped and cracked, or have other damage. Many of these problems can be resolved by a terrazzo restoration contractor. With more extensive damage you will want your restoration PRO to evaluate your terrazzo to see what can realistically be done.
Honing & Polishing Terrazzo
The same honing and polishing processes used to restore marble and other natural stone is used to erase surface damage and restore terrazzo to a glossy or matte finish.
It is important to note that sealing is not the same as coating or waxing and is an important, but simple measure that can be used to help prevent staining. Properly sealed terrazzo will inhibit staining agents from being able to penetrate into the surface.
Stop the Costly Cycle of Stripping and Waxing
It is often the practice to wax terrazzo to achieve a polished look, but this solution can result in yellowing and form a layer that traps dirt. With this method, what’s on top of the terrazzo must be repeatedly stripped and reapplied. There is a better way.
A natural polish eliminates the need for waxing, which can save time and money. In certain circumstances though, a high-performance coating may be applied to achieve beautiful and lasting results. A qualified terrazzo specialist can review your needs to determine the best possible approach to cleaning, polishing, and maintaining your terrazzo.
Specialty Solutions for Terrazzo
A Surface Care PROS Partner that is trained and certified in specialty coatings can treat your terrazzo with a high performance coating that won’t trap dirt or turn yellow. The coatings may even offer additional benefits such as increasing slip resistance or having antimicrobial properties. Discuss your needs with your PRO.