A number of homes built in Florida from the 1950’s through the 1960’s used terrazzo as their flooring choice. Terrazzo floors are made of marble chips of various sizes set in cement that is usually an off white color or a shade of taupe. Terrazzo is a very durable and easy to maintain flooring surface that will last forever. 

AFC Floor Care offers three options to clean and polish terrazzo flooring. This allows us to find the best fit for your needs and budget.  We service terrazzo floor restoration clients in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and the surrounding areas.

Full Terrazzo Floor Restoration

A complete restoration of Tampa Bay terrazzo floors involves taping all of the walls, cabinets and appliances with plastic to insure that we will leave your rooms as clean as we found them.

Next we grind the terrazzo floors to remove a layer of old dirt and surface staining using a series of diamond metal pads and a weighted floor machine. 

The third step is honing or wet sanding using a series of diamond resin pads and weighted floor machine to smooth the surface. Wet sanding the terrazzo eliminates dust particles from forming.

The final step is polishing the floors to a high gloss long lasting shine. 

Contractor/Flipper Process For Terrazzo Floors

AFC has a process used by contractors and investors who are preparing a home for resale or rental, as well as homeowners who are not prepared to invest in a full restoration. 

The first step involves a deep cleaning process to remove surface dirt. Corners and edges are detailed cleaned using handheld razor blade tools.  The terrazzo is now prepared for a neutral rinse. The final step is applying 25% solid commercial wax.

Strip & Wax Terrazzo Floors In The Tampa Bay Area

Terrazzo floors are stripped using a stripping agent and a weighted floor machine with a Nylo Grit brush to remove topical dirt. Corners and edges are detailed cleaned using handheld razor blade tools.  Floors are now ready for a neutral rinse.  When the floors are completely dry we apply a 25% solid commercial wax.

Removing Furniture, Carpet, Tack Strips, Cutting Nails

AFC of Tampa Bay can do it all from removing and replacing furniture, removing old carpet and tack strips as well as cutting the nails. It is always best to let a professional remove the tack strips and cut the nails.  This will prevent damage and saves money from having to fill holes.

Free Estimates and Test Spots

Contact us to arrange for a free test spot which will allow you to see just how beautiful your terrazzo floors can be.

Whatever your needs may be please call us at 813-933-6049 for a free consultation so that we can help to keep your terrazzo floors clean and shiny for years to come.

Frequently asked questions

Terrazzo Floor Care FAQs

Certainly! Terrazzo floors, known for their durability and timeless appeal, can be expertly restored to regain their original beauty and functionality. Over time, these floors may show signs of wear, such as scratches, stains, or a loss of shine due to foot traffic and environmental factors. However, professional restoration services offer a comprehensive solution to address these issues effectively.

AFC Floor Care specializes in terrazzo floor restoration, employing advanced techniques and high-quality products to revitalize the surface. The restoration process typically involves thorough cleaning to remove dirt and grime, followed by honing and polishing to achieve a smooth, glossy finish. If there are any cracks or chips, our skilled technicians can perform repairs to ensure a seamless appearance.

By investing in terrazzo floor restoration, homeowners and businesses can prolong the lifespan of their floors while enhancing their aesthetic appeal. Restored terrazzo floors not only look revitalized but also become easier to maintain, as the smooth surface is less susceptible to dirt buildup and staining. Whether it’s a residential space or a commercial establishment, professional restoration ensures that terrazzo floors continue to be a standout feature, contributing to a polished and inviting environment.

To restore terrazzo floors and make them look new, a systematic approach is crucial. Begin by thoroughly cleaning the surface with a gentle pH-neutral cleaner to remove dirt and grime without damaging the terrazzo. For tougher stains or dull spots, consider using a specialized terrazzo cleaner or a mild solution of water and vinegar.

After cleaning, assess the condition of the terrazzo. If there are scratches, chips, or uneven areas, professional honing and polishing may be necessary to restore the smooth, glossy finish. This process involves using diamond abrasives and polishing compounds to refine the surface and enhance its natural shine.

Finally, apply a high-quality terrazzo sealer to protect the newly restored surface from stains and moisture. Regular maintenance, such as routine cleaning with a neutral cleaner and prompt removal of spills, will help preserve the terrazzo’s appearance over time.

For optimal results and to ensure the longevity of your terrazzo floors, consider consulting with a professional terrazzo restoration company like AFC Floor Care. Our expertise and specialized equipment can effectively revive your terrazzo floors, restoring them to their original splendor and ensuring they remain a stunning focal point of your space.

Cleaning old terrazzo floors requires a gentle yet effective approach to ensure their beauty is preserved. Start by removing loose dirt and debris using a soft-bristled broom or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. Next, mop the floor with a pH-neutral cleaner diluted in water, using a soft mop or cloth to avoid scratching the surface.

For tougher stains or ingrained dirt, consider using a specialized terrazzo cleaner recommended for old or delicate surfaces. Avoid harsh chemicals, acidic cleaners, or abrasive tools, as these can damage the terrazzo and affect its appearance.

After cleaning, rinse the floor thoroughly with clean water to remove any residue and allow it to air dry or dry with a soft towel. Regular maintenance, including routine cleaning and prompt spot treatment of spills, will help keep old terrazzo floors looking their best.

For comprehensive cleaning and maintenance of old terrazzo floors, consulting with a professional terrazzo restoration company like AFC Floor Care can provide expert guidance and services tailored to preserve and enhance the beauty of your floors for years to come. Give us a call at 813-933-6049 we’d be happy to help!

When caring for terrazzo floors, it’s essential to avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the surface and affect its appearance over time. Specifically, avoid cleaners containing vinegar, lemon juice, bleach, or ammonia, as these can etch or discolor the terrazzo.

Additionally, steer clear of harsh scrubbing brushes or abrasive cleaning pads, as they can scratch the surface and diminish the terrazzo’s natural shine. Instead, opt for soft-bristled brushes or gentle cleaning tools that won’t harm the floor’s finish.

It’s also advisable to avoid leaving spills unattended, especially those containing acidic substances like citrus juices or vinegar, as they can stain or etch the terrazzo. Promptly clean up spills with a damp cloth and mild detergent to prevent damage.

For the best care of your terrazzo floors, use a pH-neutral cleaner specifically formulated for use on natural stone surfaces. Regular maintenance, along with professional cleaning and sealing as needed, will help preserve the terrazzo’s beauty and ensure long-lasting durability.

For personalized advice and professional terrazzo floor care services, consider consulting the experts at AFC Floor Care. We specialize in maintaining and restoring terrazzo to its original brilliance.

Terrazzo floors benefit from regular sealing to maintain their appearance and protect them from stains and wear. The frequency of sealing depends on factors such as foot traffic, exposure to moisture, and the specific sealant used. As a general guideline, it’s recommended to seal terrazzo floors every 1 to 3 years.

High-traffic areas or commercial spaces may require more frequent sealing, potentially annually, to ensure optimal protection. Conversely, in low-traffic residential settings, sealing every 2 to 3 years may suffice.

It’s essential to monitor the condition of your terrazzo floors regularly. Signs that it’s time to reseal include visible wear, loss of shine, or increased susceptibility to staining. Before applying a new coat of sealant, thoroughly clean and prepare the surface to ensure the best adhesion and effectiveness of the sealant.

Contact us for professional advice tailored to your specific terrazzo floor care needs.

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