Can you spot unsightly cracks and holes on your terrazzo floor? Or maybe, the surface of your terrazzo flooring has been discolored by UV light and acid stains from food and beverage spills. Don’t despair- you can still repair and restore your terrazzo floor and bring back that shiny look that you initially fell in love with. In this guideline, we’ll explore the benefits of terrazzo restoration, how to restore terrazzo as a DIYer, and the cost of professional terrazzo restoration services.
Can terrazzo floors be restored or repaired?
Yes, if your terrazzo has lost its appealing high gloss shine due to UV lighting or long-term wear, you can restore this look by having it restored. Restoration is also the recommended option if you’ve got holes on the surface of your terrazzo causing liquid stains to seep into your floor and discolor it. Terrazzo floor damage also occurs during the removal of covering such as carpets or linoleum tiling, resulting in chips, holes, and pits all over the terrazzo surface.
You can either hire out your terrazzo repair/restoration needs to a professional terrazzo floor restoration services company, or undertake the restoration process yourself. If you decide to undertake a DIY project, remember that terrazzo restoration only makes sense if doe right. Otherwise, your terrazzo problems will continue showcasing signs of damage, and you’ll still end up having to call in the pros anyway.
Restoring your terrazzo flooring offers lots of benefits, which far outweigh the costs and labor that go into the restoration process. With a properly restored/repaired terrazzo floor, you’ll be guaranteed of the following;
- No mold or mildew– with the terrazzo surface properly resealed during restoration, moisture will not be able to penetrate into the cement parts of the terrazzo and encourage the growth of such fungal organisms.
- Higher home resale value- terrazzo floor restoration enhances the value of the property since many buyers know the importance of a properly restored terrazzo floor- in terms of functionality and aesthetics.
- Low-maintenance- with a properly restored terrazzo floor that’s been appropriately sealed and polished, you won’t have to clean it ever so often to maintain its appearance.
How to restore terrazzo floors yourself
To properly restore your stained, discolored, chipped, or cracked terrazzo flooring, follow the procedure outlined below;
1. Prep the floor
First off, you need to prep the area by removing any coverings, as well as any adhesives used to attach the carpeting to the terrazzo surface. You should also clean the floor with a neutral tile and stone cleaner solution at this stage, to dislodge any old sealant or wax coating that’s still covering the terrazzo surface.
2. Grind the terrazzo floor
Grinding, just like buffing, ensures your terrazzo floor achieves that high gloss shine that’s beautiful to look at; while also lightening any existing stains. While others prefer to skip this step, a proper mechanical diamond grind is necessary if color clarity and a high gloss finish is what you’re looking to achieve. We recommend using a 400-pound planetary grinder, as this tool will flatten your terrazzo surface, while exposing any minute floor damage areas that weren’t previously visible.
Once you’ve ground the entire terrazzo floor until it’s visibly more detailed, switch to a grinder with a finer grit and repeat the process until you’ve achieved the level of detail and shine that you desire. Meanwhile, if there are still stains left on the surface after the diamond grinding process, you can try applying a poultice to see if it’ll get the stains out.
3. Patch up the cracks and holes
If you have cracks and holes on your terrazzo flooring, you’ll need to patch them up before polishing the surface. To do this, use color-tinted epoxy whose color closely matches the color of the marble chips on your terrazzo.
4. Seal the terrazzo
After grinding your terrazzo floor and patching up any holes or cracks. The next step is to seal it to ensure protection against oil-based stains, as well as moisture damage. By applying a sealer, you’ll be closing off the pores within the terrazzo. This ensuring nothing can seep into the floor and discolor it. What’s more, penetrative sealers also help bring out the color clarity in your terrazzo flooring.
5. Polish the terrazzo
The final step in terrazzo floor restoration/repair is usually to polish the surface. This can be done in three ways; either by use of polishing powder, recrystallization, or diamond-polishing. Of the three polishing methods, diamond-polishing is the most effective. It will enable you to achieve a high gloss finish without making the floor surface slippery.
If you’re- however- working on a budget, polishing powder will do just fine. Just apply some to the terrazzo floor and then buff the floor to work the powder into the surface. Repeat the process at least twice, ensuring to switch to a higher-grit polishing powder each time.
One thing you might want to take into account, however, is that terrazzo floors finished with polishing powder or via recrystallization usually require rebuffing every couple of years. This is contrary to diamond-polished terrazzo floors, which typically maintain the same premium-shine appearance for years before needing a rebuff.
Terrazzo floor restoration cost
If you’ll be contracting out your terrazzo floor repair and restoration project to the experts. Remember that costs vary depending on the size of the floor area, as well as the methods of polishing that are to be used. Typically, finishing with polishing powder or via recrystallization attracts a restoration cost anywhere between 3-5 dollars per square meter. The restoration that involves diamond polishing-meanwhile- can cost even up to 20-dollars per square meter.