Is Original Terrazzo Worth Keeping?

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Q: My house has wall to wall carpet in it now which I don’t like and I want to get rid of it. There is original terrazzo under the carpet but it’s dull, stained and cracked in some places. Is there anything I can do to make it look better?

A: Over time the brilliance and luster of a terrazzo floor will diminish films, residues will build up, spots will wear due to high traffic and abrasive materials tracked in. It’s important to keep your terrazzo floors in top shape and maintain them properly to lengthen life and showcase the natural beauty of the stone.

Finding the right contractor for the job may seem laborious, but trusted services are only a click away. Before contacting one, however, there are some things you should learn more about terrazzo floors and what you can do to preserve them.

Terrazzo is made of a mixture of marble chips and either epoxy or concrete. Every terrazzo floor is different, with a unique blend, for your unique home. Knowing what is in your terrazzo flooring will help you find the best means to repairing it and maximizing its potential.

A contractor will look at the makeup of your terrazzo and use this information to repair cracks, holes, chips, and scratches to a flawless finish.

Pulling up old carpet to find beautiful terrazzo floors is a wonderful feeling, until you find the carpet strips were nailed into the terrazzo or the terrazzo has lifted at the edges with the carpet.

A contractor will solve these issues and put your mind at ease.

Restoration service also involves removing stains or discoloration that may have developed on your terrazzo floors. If wax was previously laid on your flooring, it’s possible that it has yellowed and is hiding the true brilliant color of your terrazzo.

If this is the case, it is necessary to have the wax stripped and the terrazzo properly cleaned. Similarly, soap scum and residue may have accumulated on your terrazzo floors. In either case it is essential to remove these materials so that you can properly showcase the natural beauty of your terrazzo.

It is always best to let a professional handle these cleaning and restoration projects if possible.

However, if you decide to use commercial cleaning products or repair kits, make sure to choose them carefully. Many of the cleaning products on the market can be very harmful to the terrazzo and do much more damage than good. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully when mixing solutions and put the cleaner on a test area prior to using it on the entirety of your terrazzo floor. Failure to do this could have incredibly costly consequences, thus take care to read labels.

Once your floors have been properly repaired and cleaned, your terrazzo is ready for polishing.

This process is free of any harmful chemicals, and will bring new life to your terrazzo floors. A very thin layer of worn concrete is ground from the surface of the floor to reveal a fresh, brilliant layer of terrazzo. Following this, it is a good idea to have a sealant applied to the flooring.

Concrete is an incredibly porous material, and very susceptible to staining. A penetrating sealer will prevent any spills from absorbing into the terrazzo, which will make cleaning easier and save you money on future stain removal.

A beautiful terrazzo floor is a great asset to any home, and with proper care it will last a lifetime. With the right contractor, an older terrazzo floor can be refreshed and transformed into a masterpiece. All you’ll have to do is relax and enjoy the lustrous beauty of your like-new terrazzo flooring.

Mike Potts

Mike Potts

After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in structural engineering, Mike moved to Tampa Bay and soon discovered a need in the community for trained, professional inspectors. Using his training in the field, Mike established Affordable Inspections, Inc. in 1992 and began offering his services to the public – inspecting commercial and residential properties. Taking on not just inspections, but full-on construction projects, Mike made a name for himself as an expert in structural engineering and worked on large commercial buildings in Tampa Bay and Clearwater.