In this blog, we will discuss how to maintain a rustic terrazzo floor over the years. Rustic terrazzo is a unique terrazzo system in that it is installed for exterior applications, quite different than the terrazzo systems which are installed indoors. You can read more about this system in our previous blog: “What is Rustic Terrazzo”

When it comes down to cleaning, it is important to remove any dust particles or other residue on a regular basis.  With rustic terrazzo installed outside, the flooring system is more susceptible to different objects. Tree branches, pebbles and dirt particles can entrench a rustic terrazzo floor, and can effect the overall appearance if these floors are not maintained. To maintain these floors, you can remove large materials by hand or sometimes with an air blower.  The floor can also be cleaned using any terrazzo machines that will scrub the surface with water and a non-acidic cleaner. Continue rinsing the terrazzo surface with water to make sure most of the residue is removed. Afterwards, wait for the rustic terrazzo to dry.  When cleaning any terrazzo surface, stray away from cleaners that go beyond a neutral pH level.

Sealers will eventually need to be reapplied. When installers apply a sealer to any terrazzo floor, they are adding an extra layer of protection. This helps prevent matter from coming into contact with the terrazzo aggregates and/or matrix. By recoating the rustic terrazzo surface with a new sealer, one can maintain the aesthetic appearance of the flooring system for years. Consult a local terrazzo contractor to learn how often you need to apply a new sealer.

Some rustic terrazzo applications include outdoor swimming pools, patios, walkways, and garages. While there are many creative ways to use rustic terrazzo, the one thing to remember is that terrazzo can last into the next century but it all depends on how well the surface is maintained over time.

Doyle Dickerson Terrazzo is a terrazzo flooring installer in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a member of the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, we have installed terrazzo throughout the Southern United States. Have questions? Give us a call at (704) 921-4940 or email us at info@doyledickersonterrazzo.com. When it comes to terrazzo, Doyle Dickerson Terrazzo is “Your Choice in Terrazzo.”

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