DO’S and DON’TS For Maintenance of Terrazzo Flooring
DO ask the installing terrazzo contractor to recommend the proper neutral clean and sealers to be used on your floor.
DO dust mop your floors daily, this not only picks up the dust, but also the grit tracked into your building. The grit acts as an abrasive on your hard surface floor.
DO scrub your floors approximately once or twice a week, where a new terrazzo floor has been installed for the initial two to three months, as the construction dust is still in the air, and will eventually be deposited on your floor. After this period, once per week, depending on the amount of foot traffic, keep your floor clean in appearance. Always rinse your floors well to prevent a build-up of cleaner residue.
DO seal your floors wit ha water-based sealer in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions. Normally, a new floor requires two or more coats, which provide a good sheen for a period of 45 to 60 days, before needing additional coats.
DO use maintenance products designed specifically for terrazzo.
DO allow your neutral clean, once applied to the terrazzo surface, time to react as designed to loosen foreign matter. Several minutes should be adequate, but DO NOT allow the solution to dry on the surface.
DO NOT use surface waxes or all-purpose sealers.
DO NOT use all purpose cleaners containing water soluble inorganic or crystallizing salts, harmful alkali, or acids.
For more information on terrazzo floor maintenance, visit NTMA.com or click on the following guides:
Blog: Keep your Terrazzo Looking Like New
Informational Guide: How to Maintain Terrazzo