Custodial Guidelines for the Proper Maintenance of Terrazzo
As we’ve said throughout this website, your terrazzo floor (or any terrazzo creation) is a work of art! Just like you would care for fine art pieces hanging on your wall, you should do the same for your floor. Your terrazzo floor is an investment in your home or business. Because it is an art forum, it it has value. Take care of your terrazzo floor and it will return the favor.
Following these terrazzo floor cleaning instructions will help your floors stay beautiful and last a long time. However, before following (or deviating) from these instructions, you should contact your local terrazzo contractor for direct advice. any expert in the field will most likely agree with our guidelines.
Keep Everything Clean: First and foremost, always keep rinse water, mops and pails clean. This might sound obvious or trivial or obvious, but it is very important and it’s easy to ignore the basics.
➡ DAILY CARE: SWEEP USING YARN-WICK BRUSH TREATED WITH SWEEPING COMPOUND. Hand work stubborn stains and scuff marks with neutral cleaner diluted in warm water.
➡ WEEKLY: DAMP MOP LIGHTLY SOILED FLOORS WITH NEUTRAL CLEANER. Heavily soiled floors should be scrubbed with a mechanical buffing machine and neutral cleaner. Mop up residue before it dries with clean water. Allow to dry and buff with a dry brush. (For floors requiring a high luster, apply a thin coat of specially prepared finishing material and buff to bring up sheen.)
NOTE: Once you apply the neutral cleaner to the terrazzo surface, allow the cleaner time to react as designed in order to loosen foreign material. Several minutes should be adequate, but do not allow the solution to dry on the surface.
➡ ANNUALLY: STRIP ALL OLD DRESSING AND SEALERS AND RESEAL CLEAN FLOOR. If the floor becomes dull or unsightly, do not attempt to refinish or restore it by sanding or grinding. This condition requires professional attention, so call D’Palma Bros. at (626) 284-1563 for a professional assessment of and solution to restoring your floor!
💡 TIP: Use only specialized products produced to insure proper maintenance of your Terrazzo floors. Many suppliers serving the Terrazzo trade with products of proven reliability are NTMA members. If you have any questions or issues don’t hesitate to Contact the D’Palma Bros. for assistance – we are happy to help!