Terrazzo surfaces are desirable due to their hardiness and ease of maintaining. However, as with many things, there may come a time where they will need a bit of TLC.
As with many things, the best “prevention” is to maintain it through regular cleaning with the appropriate products to prolong the integrity, shine and overall appeal of the Terrazzo surface. This includes the use of non-acidic cleaning products (including “All-Purpose” cleaners and vinegar) as they will damage the seal on the surface. Oil-based cleaners can stain Terrazzo and should also be avoided. When Terrazzo requires more than just a bit of cleaning, such as crack repair, there are conflicting opinions on whether or not it can be a Do-It-Yourself job or a professional needs to be engaged.
Terrazzo repair can be done as a DIY project, but the larger the issue or area needing attention, the better off you will be at getting a professional in to do the work for you. Simple repair jobs, such as a scuff, can often be attended to using a bit of warm soapy water, microfibre cloth, and a bit of effort. Larger issues, such as chips and cracks, require more of a restorative approach.
Terrazzo restoration is quite an involved process – it’s not as simple as just filling in a crack with some poly filler and a caulking gun. People using this approach will find the end result less than desirable and will still need to engage the services of a professional. Professional services in this area fall into the realm of “you get what you pay for”. Costs will vary and are often described on a per metre2 basis. It is best to do your research to ensure you are getting the best bang for your buck. These enquiries can be along the lines of finding out how the prospective professional intends to rectify the issue you have. Regardless of their approach, it should always start with seeing the job and then a quote. In general terms, Terrazzo restoration involves a process of matching the epoxy colour with the pigment of the Terrazzo as well as seeing if the stones to match the Terrazzo pattern are available. If everything can be matched and is available, the crack, chip or hole will be filled above the level of the Terrazzo. Once it is set and completely dry, this will then be ground down to the same level as the rest of the surface and polished up.
Use a Professional Service
Given the level of involvement of a Terrazzo restoration (such as the pigment and stone matching, grinding and polishing) it is definitely recommended to engage a professional to complete this task for you. As with all professional services, ensure your due diligence is carried out in researching your professional, obtaining quotes or even asking for references or feedback from past clients. However, the best approach to fixing a problem is to prevent it in the first place. This can be done through regular care and maintenance of your surface, including the use of appropriate cleaning products and tools.