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TERRAZZO CARE & MAINTENANCE

According to the Guidelines of
The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association (NTMA)




Custodial Guidelines for the Proper Maintenance of Terrazzo

As we've said before, your terrazzo floor is a work of art. Just like you care for fine art pieces hanging on your wall, you should do the same for your floor. Your terrazzo floor is an investment in your home or business. Because it is an art forum, it it has value. Take care of your terrazzo floor and you will be glad you did.

Following these terrazzo floor cleaning instructions will help your floors stay beautiful and last a long time.

Before following (or deviating) from these instructions, you should contact your local terrazzo contractor for direct advice. any expert in the field will most likely agree with our guidelines.

First and foremost, always keep rinse water, mops and pails clean. This might sound trivial or obvious, but it is important. It is easy to ignore the basics.

Daily Care: SWEEP USING YARN-WICK BRUSH TREATED WITH SWEEPING COMPOUND.  Hand work stubborn stains and scuff marks with neutral cleaner diluted in warm water.

Weekly: DAMP MOP LIGHTLY SOILED FLOORS WITH NEUTRAL CLEANER.  Heavily soiled floors should be scrubbed with a mechanical buffing machine and neutral cleaner.  Mop up residue before it dries with clean water.  Allow to dry and buff with a dry brush. (For floors requiring a high luster, apply a thin coat of specially prepared finishing material and buff to bring up sheen.)

 Note:  Once you apply the neutral cleaner to the terrazzo surface, allow the cleaner time to react as designed in order to loosen foreign material.  Several minutes should be adequate, but do not allow the solution to dry on the surface.

 Annually: STRIP ALL OLD DRESSING AND  SEALERS AND RESEAL CLEAN FLOOR.  If the floor becomes dull or unsightly, do not attempt to refinish or restore it by sanding or grinding.  This condition requires professional attention.  Call Arcadian Flooring Company at (626) 284-1563, for a professional assessment of and solution to restoring your floor.

Use only specialized products produced to insure proper maintenance of your Terrazzo floors. Many suppliers serving the Terrazzo trade with products of proven reliability are NTMA members.

For any further information or brand names of maintenance products, contact your local Terrazzo Contractor, Arcadian Flooring Company, or the Executive Director at the NTMA.

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