We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, terrazzo floors are not making a comeback. They’ve been around for years. But more recently, we’ve seen where they are becoming one of the most fashionable flooring options well beyond their typical homes in airports, schools, government buildings, hospitals, and manufacturing facilities. With new technology and materials, we’re also seeing terrazzo flooring being installed in hotels, technical campuses, corporate headquarters, shopping centers, and even residential spaces. And that’s why it’s important to understand what terrazzo is and how to properly maintain it. In this article, learn why waxing terrazzo floors is not good practice.
What is Terrazzo
- Terrazzo is a composite construction material made by combining chips of aggregates such as marble or stone with either concrete or epoxy resin.
- Depending on the materials used, terrazzo can be used indoors and outdoors.
- Terrazzo is either poured much like concrete or applied using terrazzo tiles.
Maintaining Your Terrazzo Flooring
As a facility director, you know the importance of maintaining your terrazzo throughout the year. But did you know that waxing your terrazzo floors can be costly and quickly scuffs, dulls, and discolors your beautiful floors? That’s right, waxing sounds like an inexpensive solution, but it doesn’t last and requires constant maintenance.
Client Testimonial: St. Louis Park, Senior High School
St. Louis Park, Minnesota high school’s terrazzo flooring had years of wax buildup. They were looking to reduce their current costs of flooring maintenance. Prior to hiring SOLID, the school’s staff would spend hours applying wax to the nearly 40-year-old floors. This cost the school not only an unnecessary amount of time and money, but the waxy buildup dulled the floor’s appearance and made it slippery.
“SOLID knows what to do, they know how to get things done, and they get it done in a timely fashion. It’s world-class service.” – Tom Bravo, Facilities Manager of St. Louis Park High School
SOLID began by stripping the countless layers of wax from the top of the floors and restoring the terrazzo’s surface. We were able to perform the restoration after school hours so as not to disturb any faculty or students – resulting in a very satisfied client.
“SOLID did it in a timely fashion, efficiently, and created a product that not only the superintendent, teachers, and principal noticed, but the whole school district noticed,” said Bravo.
Our Terrazzo Services Include:
- Proven honing and polishing techniques
- Chemical-free maintenance systems
- Proper, slip-resistant finishes
- Damage repair
- Preserve appearance, prolong life, and protect assets
How We Can Improve Your Space
Here are five reasons to choose an agile, experienced partner like SOLID.
- We’re EXPERT. Our technicians are trained and certified in the latest technology and methods. We achieve a higher level of cleanliness, above and beyond the regular daily cleaning performed by your janitorial staff.
- We’re EFFECTIVE. We use professional-grade equipment like electrostatic spraying and HEPA vacuums, proprietary cleaning processes, and EPA-approved chemicals to create a hygienically clean environment.
- We’re PROACTIVE. We do the job right. With our process, our operation leaders check in, adjust where necessary, and implement the clean for health program that’s right for your space.
- We’re TIMELY. We work around your school’s schedule. Evenings, weekends, school vacation times: SOLID is resourced and ready with local, self-performing experts when it’s convenient for you.
- We save you MONEY. Hiring an outside surface care team provides cost savings in payroll and benefits.
About SOLID Surface Care, Inc.
SOLID Surface Care, Inc. can expertly deep clean, disinfect, restore, repair, and enhance the performance and aesthetics of this architectural hard surface. With almost three decades of experience, SOLID is the nation’s largest self-performing surface care company. Our team is the finest in the industry, led by master craftsmen and aligned with premier providers of equipment and chemicals in the world.
When you choose SOLID, you are choosing a partnership with an organization of Solutionists who believe that our business is to make yours better. SOLID’s craftsmen can help protect your investments and extend their usefulness even further. We strive to exactly match existing architectural details, restoring their original beauty and charm. Innovation is what drives us.
From carpet to stone to metal and wood, we care for the most precious surfaces in the world – Yours. When working with SOLID, it all comes down to one: ONE partner, ONE contract, ONE invoice, and ONE point-of-contact for all your specialty surface care needs.
To schedule your free site assessment, visit us at www.solidcare.com/contact.