by Stone Medic
How to Clean and Maintain Terrazzo
Terrazzo Maintenance Procedures: Harsh cleaners and sealers can damage Terrazzo; thus, only materials that are neutral with a PH Factor between 7 and 10 should be used for cleaning Terrazzo floors scottsdale az. Avoid all-purpose cleaners or soaps containing water soluble, inorganic, or crystallizing salts, harmful alkali or acids for cleaning terrazzo. Sweeping compounds contain oil, which is not only a fire hazard, but will penetrate and could permanently discolor your terrazzo floor. Many of these compounds contain sand, which is hard to sweep, and can abrade your floor if not removed. Terrazzo Cleaning Procedures: Neutral cleaners are designed to react only in solution with clean water, mixed in accordance to the manufacturer instructions, and allowed to remain on the floor surface for several minutes. This provides the necessary time for the grime dissolving action to take place. Then rinse the dirt-laden solution from the surface by squeegee, vacuum, or mopping. Rinse with ample clean water. It is important to keep the floor wet during this entire cleaning process so the dirt does not reabsorb in the floor. The frequently asked question, “How often must we sweep or scrub this floor?” is answered by the amount of traffic that moves across the floor daily. Helpful Tips for Terrazzo MaintenanceYour Terrazzo floor has been honed, polished and sealed with a penetrating Terrazzo Sealing fountain hills az. This protects your surface from immediate stains, but no spillage should be ignored and allowed to soak and dry into the floor. DO• DO ask your installing Terrazzo Contractor to recommend the proper neutral cleaner and sealers to be used for cleaning and sealing terrazzo.• DO dust mop your terrazzo Slate Travertine floors daily scottsdale, this not only picks up the dust, but also the grit tracked into your home or building. The grit acts as an abrasive on your hard surface floor.• DO wash your terrazzo floors once a week depending on the amount of foot traffic; Always rinse your floors well to prevent a build-up of cleaner residue that could become slippery. • DO have your terrazzo floors sealed with an impregnating sealer travertine in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions. • DO use maintenance products designed for cleaning and maintaining Terrazzo Travertine Slate.• DO allow your neutral cleaner, once applied to the Terrazzo surface, time to react as designed to loosen foreign matter. Several minutes should be adequate, but DO NOT allow solution to dry on surface.• DO clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone.• DO use door mats inside and out along with runners and area rugs on terrazzo floors• DO call the Stone Medic with any questions. We are here to help.