Simple Way of Cleaning your Terrazzo
Terrazzo cleaning is not that easy, especially if it has been covered for quite a while. Most of you may have had a hard time bringing back the natural sheen of your terrazzos that you opted to cover it with rugs and carpets. That should not be the case. It will only make your terrazzo fade thus making it more dull and horrible looking and more expenses to do in the future. To avoid this plight, all you need to do is clean your terrazzo with the right procedure and right use of detergents or compounds. There are various procedures in cleaning and polishing terrazzo floors.
First thing and foremost, you need to restore the smoothness of its surface by repairing the cracks first. This will strengthen the foundation of the molded terrazzo. This will also prevent penetration of harmful insects and fungi caused by the damp ground underneath. Spray it with insecticide/pesticide before covering the cracks with epoxy or its equivalent. The sealants will absorb into the porous cement. This will prevent further absorption of any spilt liquid on the floor.
If stains are visible, you need to inspect what kind of liquid it was that caused the stain before deciding on what solution to use. As much as possible, try not to use harmful chemicals that could damage the color of your terrazzo. Use rubber gloves while removing the stains. For stains caused by alcohol and other beverages, coffee and fruit juice, you only need a liquefied detergent and a bucket of warm water plus a soft cloth or cotton mop that is thoroughly soaked with hydrogen peroxide right on the affected area. Apply a denatured alcohol in case the stain remains.
For oily and greasy substances, you may apply solvent right on the spot and rub it with a soft piece of cloth. This will also apply to paint and lipstick removal. Ink and rust are stubborn stains which need a stronger solution. You may add hydrogen perborate for about 2 tablespoonful and mix with a pint of clean water and use it as a poultice. Let it dry first before removing for more effective results. For stubborn rusts, you may use additional sodium citrate crystals with a 1 is to 6 mixtures (SCC/H2O). Add whole part of glycerine. Apply poultice on top and let it dry for at least two days or so.
Take note that all of the above mentioned are only used for removing stains. Sodium perborate is an active ingredient to whiten and brighten the stained surface. It will not only clean your terrazzo but it will also serve as a deodorizer hence it is widely used in cleaning products and detergents. This element is also combustible in nature, therefore, use it with the right measurement with extra care and dispose of properly because it can be harmful to your health when swallowed.