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Terrazzo is a unique and elegant composite material; available in a wide range of styles offering a high degree of design flexibility. Terrazzo is pre-cast or poured into shape and has the ability to attain a very high polish, leaving a very smooth and lustrous shine.

What is Terrazzo Tile?
The name "terrazzo" comes from the Italian word for terraces and was created several hundred years ago when Venetians found a new use for discarded marble fragments, using the pieces together with a binder to surface the terraces around their living areas. Terrazzo typically contains marble, quartz, granite, glass or other aggregates and is poured or hydraulically pressed as tiles. When terrazzo is polished its colours and particular qualities will be further enhanced and more noticeable. Terrazzo is durable, can be repeatedly refinished and is easy to maintain, with a correct maintenance procedure. Terrazzo floors are a beautiful choice for flooring and can retain their original beauty for a very long time when cared for properly. Experts Floor Care can help you maintain your terrazzo floors and keep them in their best possible condition for longer.

Terrazzo will unfortunately scratch, etch and lose its shine and luster without proper maintenance. The presence of marble in the chips and/or dust means that the surface can become dull through etching caused by acidic substances. To prevent this effect, terrazzo should be protected with a deep penetrating invisible sealer.

 

Terrazzo has always been dependent on being one of the most durable floor surfaces in the floor tile industry. Terrazzo is usually a poured surface; however, it is now available as a precut floor tile. It is often used in commercial applications and is available in a variety of colours and styles. Experts Floor Care technicians use only top quality terrazzo cleaners, sealers and polishes.

Sealing Terrazzo Tiles
Although terrazzo is very hard wearing, it is unfortunately quite porous and will easily etch upon contact with common acidic substances. Terrazzo absorbs liquids and oils, leaving stains under the surface that can be very difficult to remove. Fruit juice, sauces, soft drink and acidic cleaning products making contact with terrazzo puts it in danger of permanent staining.

Sealing terrazzo has been debated in the stone and tile industry for many years, as terrazzo is a mixture of marble and cement/binder. Marble chips are sprinkled on the surface meaning that a majority of the surface is marble, which has a low porosity, together with a highly porous binder that easily absorbs stains. This is the part of the flooring which will cause you the most grief.

Terrazzo should be sealed with a high quality impregnating sealer which penetrates both the terrazzo and binder, curing deep inside the pore structure leaving an invisible protective barrier against staining and also resulting in maintenance becoming much easier. Unsealed or weakly sealed terrazzo will soak up oils, spills, and stains.

Australia's Deepshield™ Gold, based on the latest fluoro-bond technology is specifically designed for denser surfaces such as terrazzo, providing protection for up to 15 years. Deepshield™ Gold is non-toxic and non-slip. To check whether your terrazzo is sealed, leave a few drops of water on the surface. If after a few minutes the water has soaked into the terrazzo, then it's time to reseal the stone.

Allow the sealer to penetrate and dry for the recommended amount of time. Drying time will vary with atmospheric conditions, however the surface should be touch-dry within 60 - 90 minutes of application. Surfaces should not be opened to full traffic until totally cured which normally requires 24 hours for a penetrating sealer and 48 hours for topical sealers. Terrazzo sealer applied to Terrazzo-based binding will dry quicker than sealer applied over resin-based binding.

Pre Sealing Preparation
As with the application of any protective treatment, surface preparation is vital to the longevity of the protective coating. The following should be adhered to for long lasting protection:
• Always ensure that the surface to be treated is totally free of soil, wax, chemicals and oils as well as any loose material.
• Always ensure that the surface is totally dry.
• The sealer will not satisfactorily adhere and cure on a damp floor. Never apply sealer in direct sunlight. The surface will dry too fast, and the sealer will not level nor cure correctly. Experts Floor Care will take care of all pre sealing preparation required for your tiles, ensuring the terrazzo tiles are sealed after the tiles have been cleaned and restored to their best possible condition.

Cleaning Terrazzo Tiles
Experts Floor Care know the importance of taking care of your terrazzo flooring. Tile cleaning & restoration is an important aspect of maintaining the beauty of your terrazzo floors. If treated properly, terrazzo will provide for a beautiful floor that is hard wearing, warm, stain resistant and extremely easy to maintain. Terrazzo tile restoration and cleaning provides a holistic solution for floor maintenance.

Experts Floor Care provide terrazzo tile cleaning & restoration services for both commercial and domestic premises.

You can count on our technicians expertise, professionalism and experience to guarantee satisfaction with the condition of your terrazzo tile floor.

Terrazzo Tile Maintenance
Special care is required when cleaning terrazzo. Terrazzo tiles are generally porous, even when made with non-porous stone chips, and require sealing to protect them. Even factory pre-sealed tiles require an additional sealer after installation to protect the floor against stains.

Spills should be cleaned immediately. You should generally use only warm water and a mild detergent on your terrazzo floors and never use vinegar, strong chemicals and acidic cleaning products on terrazzo. The acid in vinegar can seriously damage and actually etch and remove the surface of terrazzo. After mopping, dry the floor with a cotton towel or use a sh-mop to remove the moisture and prevent water spots. Always dry your terrazzo floors as they spot very easily.

Experts Floor Care Terrazzo Services
Terrazzo Stripping and Sealing
No matter where your Terrazzo tiles are, Experts Floor Care will strip, clean and professionally reseal them for you. In your kitchen, shower, bathroom, around the swimming pool, your backyard, outdoors or any hard to reach indoor areas.

Terrazzo Cleaning and Sealing
If you have Terrazzo surfaces that have become dull and not showing their true colour, or perhaps you have recently installed your Terrazzo or your previous sealer is wearing off, Experts Floor Care Cleaning and Sealing is your best choice to clean your tiles effectively and efficiently and protect them against future staining and deterioration.

Terrazzo Tile and Grout Cleaning
Cleaning tile & grout takes a combination of specialised industrial equipment and heavy duty cleaning products. By using specially developed cleaning solutions & high pressure van mounted cleaning equipment we are able to clean your tiles & grout to the highest standards.

Terrazzo Tile Sealing
All porous tiles should be sealed, sealing your tiles helps prevent & reduce staining. Sealing your Terrazzo will keep most stains suspended at the surface, creating a barrier that provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination. Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your surfaces against stains.

Terrazzo Stripping
Stripping, scrubbing and cleaning to remove old sealant and its residue, restoring the original appearance of the floor. Our technicians are equipped with all necessary equipment and possess all skills and experience needed to provide your Terrazzo tiles with an extensive surface stripping service. We can strip and reseal any hard surface flooring as well as wall tiles.

Terrazzo Grinding
Grinding will smooth out imperfections and open a new layer upon which it is possible to build a high quality honed or polished finish. Grinding will remove deep scratches, stains and other contaminations from your Terrazzo, resulting in a very smooth and even surface. Grinding will also remove any lippage, the term used for uneven tiles which can occur after a typical installation.

Terrazzo Honing

Honed Terrazzo surfaces have a more satin-feel, smooth and velvety to the touch often more suited to casual, comfortable environments than more formal polished surfaces. Honing your floors is a fantastic way to virtually eliminate taxing maintenance requirements while still having the wonderful characteristic of beautiful stone surfaces in your home or business.

Terrazzo Polishing
Polishing is achieved by using very fine grade abrasive diamond discs until a reflective finish is achieved. These final grades reduce scratches which are not even visible to the human eye allowing the natural crystals on the surface to reflect light more effectively. Highly polished floors have much smaller pores to collect soil, dirt and grime, ensuring maintenance is made a lot easier.

Efflorescence Treatment
Efflorescence is the formation of salt deposits on or near the surface of the tile and grout. Experts Floor Care technicians have a variety of equipment for the effective removal of efflorescence. We also carry all the required treatments, agitation tools as well as chemical solutions to safely and effectively removed efflorescence deposits internally and externally.

Minor Tile Repair
Do you have cracked tiles, chipped tiles, loose tiles or discoloured tiles in your walls, floors, stairs or around the swimming pool. Do you have spare tiles left over from installation? Experts Floor Care have professional & experienced tilers in our team that can assist you with repairing your indoor & outdoor tiles and replacing the broken/damaged tiles.

Grout Colour Sealing
Experts Floor Care technicians are able to re-colour badly stained grout or change the colour of existing and/or stained grout. Experts Floor Care Grout Colour Sealing service is specifically designed and developed to rejuvenate your dirty old grout and make it look BRAND NEW once again!


We make it a priority top offer flexible services to accommodate your need.