Terrazzo making is one of the most creative masonry works in ancient history, hence you can see that the use of terrazzo floor can be seen even in old relics. The earth colors that are often seen in terrazzo colorings reflects a vintage look which makes it popular up to the present. The only difference in terrazzo nowadays is that artisans has developed more innovative designs. More Engineering works are introduced and more choices made for you to meet your needs at home or in your business establishments.
Terrazzo is made of marble or glass chips and molded into various sizes. About 2/3 of marble chips or glass is sprinkled over one part of Portland cement. In all essence, marbles are non-absorbent so there are less worries when it comes to these kind of material but the components binding the tile is porous. This is where the problem starts when the wear and tear period calls for your immediate attention as the case may be.
In order to bring back the sheen of your old terrazzo floor and countertops, it is imperative that you should know when the old terrazzo was constructed or you should know what the terrazzo tile is made of so you will be able to look for the right treatment and job services needed for your terrazzo restoration work procedure. It would be advantageous for you to check the whole floor area and check for any damages before the cleaning and restoration process begins.
If you see some cracks on the surface of the terrazzo, it would be best for you to apply a crack injection to avoid so much smearing over the edges and see to it that the ground is stable. You may consider sealants that do not have cement compounds such as epoxy, urethane or polyester. These will make your terrazzo last longer compared to other porous materials. You may use a bristle brush to scrape off any adhesive remains on the surface.
During the cleaning process, take note that the ingredients used and mixed with water does not contain acid or alkaline. Neutral detergents will help make the terrazzo more durable. Just mixed it with one part ND and 3 parts of H2O or use as directed at the back of the product label. Keep the surface wet while cleaning and repeat the process while mopping it dry. Let the surface dry for at least 30 minutes and buff it with a floor polisher to restore its natural sheen.
Daily cleaning will be of great help to keep your terrazzo free of dust and soil/sand. Use scrubber for stubborn stains to avoid stain absorption as this can cause discoloration on the surface of the terrazzo. As much as possible, try to wipe off any spilt stains or dyes immediately to avoid permanent staining. Further, use the right chemical that you are going to use for stain removal because it may remove the stain, but it could also cause fading and discoloration of the terrazzo afterwards.