How to Care For Terrazzo Floors

Terrazzo floors are a beautiful addition to any space and were originally created by stone masons from the Venetian period. The flooring was made from marble chips saved from previous projects and were floated on top a layer of cement. Giving the surface its signature speckled appearance.


While terrazzo is a remarkably resilient composite material, it still requires care and maintenance to keep it looking its best. Here are a few tips:


Avoid vinegar


We understand the desire to clean green these days, but vinegar is very acidic and can cause etching and blemishes on soft stones like terrazzo and marble.


Don’t treat it like granite


Although modern day terrazzo contains chips from several materials including marble, granite, glass, and more, it’s still important to treat the surface like marble and not granite. Granite is a much harder stone and thus more resistant to damage than marble.


Don’t use abrasives


Clean with a soft cloth or mop made for terrazzo. Abrasives run the risk of scratching the surface or making slight blemishes more pronounced. Never use a harsh scrubbing pad to remove stains. Instead, apply some cleaner, allow it to sit for a few minutes to break down the stain, and then gently wipe it away.


Remove spills immediately


Terrazzo like all stone has a certain degree of porosity, and so will absorb spills that are allowed to sit. Which can cause staining and discoloration. Prevent this by wiping up spills and splatters immediately with a stone-safe cleaner and microfiber cloth.


If you prefer to leave the cleaning to the professionals, give N&A Commercial Cleaning a call. With payment plans to fit most budgets along with the right equipment and eco-friendly cleaners, you can be sure the job will be done right the first time. We’ll make your terrazzo and other specialty surfaces gleam.