Cleaning and Restoring Terrazzo Floors?

October 10, 2010

I have terrazzo floors and I need to cover them. My landlord refuses to let me use anything that will be permanent. I was thinking of just using peel and stick tiles and am not sure if they would be able to be removed easily. Any advice?

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By Nicole from FL

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October 13, 20100 found this helpful
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Since it's not your property (and if you damage the terrazzo it will cost you 'a lot' of money to repair or replace) why don't you simply put down large area rugs that you can take with you when you move? You can also find really inexpensive carpet remnants cut to fit and have the edges bound.

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October 13, 20100 found this helpful
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Why do you need to cover up terrazzo flooring? The whole point of it is that is serviceable and easily cleaned with a classic look. If you must cover, use rugs. If it is a kitchen or someplace where rugs are not appropriate, learn to love the terrazzo.

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October 16, 20100 found this helpful
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The terrazzo is in bad shape. House was empty for 10 years with carpet over it, huge stains everywhere that can not be removed, floor always looks dirty.

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Think we are going to go with laminate to cover, no adhesive and can be inexpensive. Thanks for the advice.

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December 9, 2010

How do you clean terrazzo flooring after removing vinyl tile?

By Tubby from Pompano Beach, FL

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December 12, 20100 found this helpful
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You are going to have to have it done by a professional, I think. We live in FL and did the same thing. The pros have a diamond grinder to polish the floors and get the glue off. It's costly, but I don't know of any other way.

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April 8, 2008

Can ceramic tiles be laid over terrazzo flooring?

Bernard from Port Charlotte Fl

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April 12, 20080 found this helpful
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I wouldn't recommend it. For one thing, your floor will be higher.

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And should the terazzo start to break down, it will cause the ceramic tile to crack.

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I cleaned a terrazzo shower floor that had a copper (blue/free) stain. I used a toilet gel. When I rinsed it off I noticed it has gone black. It's at a Bed & Breakfast that I clean. Any ideas to remove this now? It looks like the cement part that has gone blackish.

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June 11, 20180 found this helpful

Try Barkeepers Friend.

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February 21, 2015

How can a homeowner restore terrazzo floors without hiring a professional?

By Cindy

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June 8, 20180 found this helpful

You need several grades of grit polishing powder. Complete instructions are here: www.doityourself.com/.../how-to-restore-terrazzo-floors

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