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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Terrazzo maintenance

January 03, 2012
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Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We are now honing our terrazzo so that we will no longer need finish. Recently, my new boss suggested that I scrub all 8 corridors every day and buff when I can. What I did for 11 years before that was scrub and buff 2 floors per day (they get attention once per week) and maintain the main floor twice a week by scrubbing and buffing. Wouldn’t scrubbing every day dull the terrazzo?

The answer:

Not if you do the right things during the maintenance operation. Terrazzo is honed by using various abrasives under a floor machine to get the surface smooth and then polishing with a diamond based powder mixed with water. The result is a very smooth and hard surface that will wear almost indefinitely. What kills the smooth finish is grit, tracked in and walked upon, scratching and grinding the surface. This will, in time, dull the gloss and once again it will have to be mechanically polished. Even dust accumulations can ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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