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L.C.S. offers a range of terrazzo floor restoration services for the Tampa Bay area including tile, linoleum and carpet removal from terrazzo, repairing cracks and holes in terrazzo, diamond grinding terrazzo, and properly sealing and polishing terrazzo floors.

Benefits of Restoring Terrazzo Floors

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Terrazzo Floors In Tampa, Florida

Terrazzo floors are commonly found in Florida homes from the 1950’s and 60’s. Many terrazzo floors are being discovered under shag carpets which became popular in the 1970’s and kept this treasure hidden for years. In order to limit the amount of damage to the terrazzo it is highly recommended that owners leave the carpet tack strips in place to be removed by a professional.

About Terrazzo Floors

Terrazzo is a combination of 1 part Portland cement and 2 parts marble chips. Most terrazzo floors were poured
on top of the concrete slab before construction of the interior wall framework. One of the reasons for terrazzo’s growing popularity is the fact that terrazzo does not emit fumes such as carpet, making it a “green” building material.

Terrazzo Restoration*

Our company uses state-of-the-art floor resurfacers, diamond abrasives, polishing material and sealers to refinish terrazzo floors to a hard, glass shine. Using a wet resurfacing process, a series of discs ranging in grit size are used in succession to smooth the floor and mechanically close off the pores to dirt penetration.

Our diamond honing/polishing chain finishes at a higher grit than most other companies, providing our customers with a clearer shine and more durable finish. Unlike the old strip and wax process the polish applied during our terrazzo restoration provides a durable scratch, scuff and UV resistant glass shine.

*Repairs are cosmetic in nature and do not include changing stability or integrity such as a replacement/installation would do.

Remove Carpet From Terrazzo

L.C.S. offers the service of removing and disposing of carpet to expose terrazzo flooring for restoration. If homeowners would like to remove carpet themselves please remember that you should NEVER pull nails of carpet tack strips from the terrazzo floor. Allowing a professional to cut the nails will limit the amount of damage done to the floor and save you time and possibly hundreds of dollars.

Terrazzo Repair

Terrazzo floors are often damaged by removing nails from carpet tack strips causing large holes in the floor ***remember, a professional can cut the nails and greatly limit the amount of damage***. Removing linoleum, vinyl and ceramic tile can also cause chips and pitting throughout the terrazzo. It is always best to hire a professional to remove covering from the terrazzo
but if you would like to do it yourself please do not use aggressive methods or heavy equipment such as a jack hammer as you can gouge the terrazzo.

Repairing holes, chips, cracks and pitting in terrazzo floors is one of the most difficult parts of terrazzo restoration. L.C.S. has developed a detailed repair process other companies have tried to duplicate. Terrazzo repair is much more an art than a science and has taken years to develop. Without giving too much away in general we carefully color tint an epoxy which we use for chips, pitting and small holes. This color tinted epoxy is also combined with closely-matching marble chips to create our terrazzo patching material for larger holes.

Our close relationship with terrazzo
installers in Tampa as well as terrazzo chip vendors throughout the nation has allowed our company to carry a wide variety of marble chips.

Stains In Terrazzo

Terrazzo floors can be 40-50 years old therefore a variety of stains may occur. Although there is no guarantee of stain removal from terrazzo floors a stone care professional can attempt to lighten/remove stains by grinding the terrazzo and/or applying a poultice to the stain. A poultice is the combination of a very absorbent material (it must be more absorbent than
the stone) mixed with a chemical, which is determined by the type of stain to be removed. The concept is to draw the stain out of the stone. The chemical will attack the stain inside the stone, and the absorbent agent will pull them both out together.

Terrazzo Sealing and Terrazzo Polishing

Once terrazzo floors have been restored using the diamond grinding process described earlier the terrazzo is sealed with a penetrating sealer. Also referred to as an impregnator a penetrating sealer repels oil and water providing stain resistance.

The last step in terrazzo restoration is a polishing process that creates a hard, glass shine on the terrazzo floor. This polishing process is not a wax finish that yellows, scratches easily and must be stripped off and re-waxed often.

Terrazzo Cleaning

Terrazzo floors that have been restored must be treated like a polished marble floor. Dust mop terrazzo floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness.

Refinished terrazzo floors should be mopped with a NEUTRAL CLEANER ONLY using a clean mop that is only used for the polished terrazzo. Neutral cleaners for polished marble (which is how the terrazzo should be treated) can be found at your local janitorial supply store or from our company. Follow the cleaner’s dilution directions and change the water frequently. Vinegar and acidic cleaners such as the Zep Terrazzo Cleaner found at Home Depot should NOT be used on polished terrazzo floors as they will etch the terrazzo removing the polish.

Historic Preservation


L.C.S. has had the opportunity to work on renovation projects of historic Tampa landmarks such as the University of Tampa, St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church and Hillsborough High School to name a few. Hillsborough High School is the oldest high school in the county dating back to 1927.

On May 3rd, 2008 our company had the honor of attending the ceremony held at Hillsborough High School to celebrate the new renovations. It was a great honor for our company to be a part of this historic preservation by restoring thousands of square feet of terrazzo flooring.

This $16.9 million dollar project received the North Florida Associated Builders and Contractor’s 2007 Excellence In Construction Project of the Year Award. In addition, the project was awarded an Honor Award for Architecture by the American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay for Historic Renovation.

 

 


FAQs for Tarrazzo Stone Care

Q. What should I use to clean my polished terrazzo floors?

A. Terrazzo floors that have been restored must be treated like a polished marble floor. Dust mop terrazzo floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness.

Refinished terrazzo floors should be mopped with a NEUTRAL CLEANER ONLY using a clean mop that is only used for the polished terrazzo. Neutral cleaners for polished marble (which is how the terrazzo should be treated) can be found at your local janitorial supply store or from our company. Follow the cleaner’s dilution directions and change the water frequently. Vinegar and acidic cleaners such as the Zep Terrazzo Cleaner found at Home Depot should NOT be used on polished terrazzo floors as they will etch the terrazzo removing the polish.

Q. How much does terrazzo restoration cost?

A. The general cost of terrazzo restoration is between $2 – $5 per square foot. Many factors that determine the cost include the amount of square footage, furniture to move, nails to cut, cracks to repair and especially the amount of holes or pitting to repair.

Due to varying conditions of each floor an on-site estimate is recommended for an accurate quote.

Call our office at (813) 948-6800 for more information or to make an appointment for this free quote.

Q. There is carpet covering my terrazzo floors. Should I remove the wooden tack strips and nails?

A. Homeowners can remove the carpet but should NOT remove the carpet tack strip nails. Pulling the nails
out will cause costly hole repairs which can be avoided by allowing a stone care specialist to cut the nails.

Q. What is the maintenance procedure for polished terrazzo floors?

A. One of the greatest benefits of terrazzo restoration is the maintenance. Unlike the initial refinishing, maintenance re-polishing is done only in high traffic areas at a fraction of the cost of restoration. Proper maintenance by a stone professional is the most important part of keeping your floor looking its best and
protecting the investment of your initial restoration.

Q. What can be done about stains in my terrazzo floors?

A. No stone specialist with any experience will guarantee stain removal but there is a “poultice” that can be applied to attempt to lighten/remove the stain. A poultice is the combination of a very absorbent material (it must be more absorbent than the stone) mixed with a chemical, which is determined by the type of stain to be removed. The concept is to draw the stain out of the stone. The chemical will attack the stain inside the stone, and the absorbent agent will pull them both out together. For more information feel free to call L.C.S. at (813) 948-6800 and speak to a stone specialist.

Q. How do I choose the best company for my stone restoration project?

A. Unlike buying a product that is the same from one company to another, purchasing a service such as
terrazzo restoration requires a clear understanding of each company. First narrow your search
to only those companies specializing in stone restoration (not those that strip and wax floors or offer tile and carpet services). Next understand what each company proposes to do. To choose the best specialist you must become an informed consumer so ask many questions. If you only compare prices you may be cheating yourself
out of the best job. Finally find out who will be doing the actual work. There’s a big difference in having the
owner on-site than just a sub-contractor or employee with much less experience.

Here are some questions to ask before hiring a company:

  • Is the company privately owned or a franchise?
  • Is the company certified in stone restoration?
  • Who will be doing the actual work?
  • What exactly is included in the quote?
    (i.e. terrazzo repairs with marble chips? polishing process? moving furniture?)

L.C.S. differs from others in many ways including over 24 years of experience in the Tampa Bay area,
certification for stone restoration, and quality customer service through owner operation. We use only
the best sealers and polishing material imported from Germany, Spain and Italy.


Do’s & Don’ts

  • DO Dust mop floors frequently
  • DO Clean surfaces with a neutral cleaner
  • DO Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
  • DO Blot up spills immediately
  • DO Protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and countertop surfaces
    with coasters, trivets or placemats
  • DO Place felt protectors under chair and table legs
  • DO Contact our company when traffic areas become worn to re-polish

  • DON’T Remove carpet tacks strip nails
  • DON’T Use muratic acid to clean your terrazzo
  • DON’T Use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acid
  • DON’T Use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tile cleaners (especially the Zep Terrazzo cleaner from Home Depot – it contains an acid)
  • DON’T Use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
  • DON’T Apply a topical sealer or wax

“Natural Stone Care & Cleaning.” Marble Institute of America. 2008
Marble Institute of America. 14 Oct. 2008


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