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, or chipped and cracked. Many of these damages can be repaired. It may need something as simple as sealing or more complicated like stripping and waxing or polishing the surface. Ask your terrazzo restoration PRO to evaluate your terrazzo to see what can be done.
Honing & Polishing Terrazzo
Since terrazzo is composed of natural materials like marble and quartz, the same process used to restore marble and other natural stone, terrazzo can be done to achieve both glossy and matte finishes without the need for coatings.
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 once the terrazzo has been restored and thoroughly cleaned. Properly sealed and maintained 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, 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 SurpHaces PRO Partner that is trained and certified in Adsil’s MicroGuard1® can treat your terrazzo with a high performance, EPA compliant, low VOC coating, that won’t trap dirt or turn yellow. The coating system increases slip resistance and has antimicrobial properties to reduce the risk of secondary infection, so it’s great for hospitals, nursing homes, schools, gyms and more. With this coating, your floors and surfaces can not only look better and last longer, but become easier to maintain — which means you’ll save time and money in maintenance costs.