Don’t Make These Mistakes Cleaning Your Terrazzo Floors

Terrazzo flooring combines marble chips and concrete to create a flooring style that became popular during the Roman era. Like marble, terrazzo flooring is similar in price, rather delicate, and require a considerable amount of maintenance. Here are some big mistakes that many people make when cleaning their terrazzo floors that you should avoid.

Remember, terrazzo floors aren’t granite! Granite and marble look alike and are often confused for one another. The same is true for granite and terrazzo flooring. This can be a crucial mistake when choosing the proper cleaning method. Terrazzo is much softer than granite and marble, which means that terrazzo floors are more prone to staining and wear from foot traffic.

Never use vinegar on your terrazzo floors! Vinegar is the “go-to” cleaner by many people since it is a non-toxic natural cleaner. Although vinegar is a great cleaner for many flooring types, it should NEVER be used on your terrazzo flooring. Vinegar’s acidic properties can dull your terrazzo floor, and in some cases, surface etching.

Don’t scrub your terrazzo floors with abrasive materials. For more difficult spills or stains, never use a harsh scrubbing pad, steel wool, or abrasive cleaner, this will only further damage the terrazzo flooring. In addition to scratching, or etching the terrazzo flooring, you will also remove the wax on the top layer of the terrazzo floor. We recommend using a chamois type cloth since it will not only dry your floor quickly, but it will buff the terrazzo at the same time.