The Care of TERRALITE® Precast
Epoxy Terrazzo Flooring
TERRALITE® flooring has ease of maintenance, but this does not mean that NO CARE IS REQUIRED. Once you understand the care requirements in the early stages of a newly installed TERRALITE® floor, you lessen possible problems, and recognize the economy of care and the aesthetic values of this product. The TERRALITE® requires a sealer to be applied after the completion of the TERRALITE® flooring and the TERRAJOINT has fully cured. Care should be taken to eliminate staining and scratching of the TERRALITE® by other trades. Angelozzi Precast Terrazzo Products, LLC recommends a water base acrylic sealer to be applied to the surface immediately following the completion of the TERRALITE® flooring. The recommended sealer would be Hillyard “TERRAZINE” #HIL0033807 or equal two to three coats and allowing each coat to be completely dry before the next application. Microfiber pad or mop works well with the TERRAZINE sealer.
Sealers help inhibit the penetration of spilled materials upon initial contact with the TERRALITE® flooring. Spills must be cleaned up immediately in order to prevent stains caused by repeated or long term exposure. Even standing water can eventually dissolve some sealers.
As most sealers are low solids liquid material, they do not normally produce a high gloss sheen appearance to the floor surface. When the building is eventually occupied, the sealer can be stripped and the surface may be retreated as implemented by the ownership. The eventual degree of gloss is determined by the particular products selected and the recommended application process of the maintenance company.
Owner’s Guide For The Maintenance Of TERRALITE
MAINTENTANCE PRECAUTIONS: Harsh cleaners and sealers can damage TERRALITE®. Only materials that are neutral pH should be used when scrubbing or mopping floors. Sealers should achieve a slip resistance coefficient of friction rating applicable to code. Water based sealers are most commonly recommended and utilized today. Mop on one or more coats in accordance with the instructions of the sealer manufacturer. This can also be followed by a water based finish (dressing) for daily or weekly buffing if a high sheen is desired. TERRALITE® when completed, is similar to a poured in place epoxy terrazzo flooring and should be treated in the same manner.
CLEANING PROCEDURES: Neutral cleaners are designed to react only in solution with clean water, mixed in accordance to the manufactures instructions and allowed to remain on the floor surface for several minutes. This provides the necessary time for the grime-dissolving action to take place. Then rinse the dirt-laden solution from the surface by squeegee, vacuum or mopping. Rinse with ample clean water. It is important to keep the floor wet during the entire cleaning process so dirt and cleaning residue does not dry on the surface.
FQA “How often must we sweep or scrub the floor?” is answered by the amount of traffic that moves across the floor daily. Daily dust mopping is a requirement in most public buildings. Daily dust mopping removes both the dust and the grit tracked into the building.
Custodian’s Guide To The Proper Maintenance Of TERRALITE
FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS TO KEEP YOUR TERRALITE® FLOOR CLEAN AND LONG-LASTING, THESE ARE MINIMUM MAINTENANCE SUGGESTIONS:
DAILY: DUST MOP
Hand work stubborn stains and scuff marks with a neutral cleaner diluted in warm water.
WEEKLY: DAMP MOP LIGHTLY SOILED FLOORS WITH A
Heavily soiled floors should be scrubbed with a mechanical buffing machine and neutral cleaner. Mop up residue with clean water before it dries. Allow to dry, then buff.
The use of a professional maintenance company or supplies purchased, that are familiar with the care of epoxy terrazzo, is strongly recommended.