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 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 products selected and the recommended application process of the maintenance company.
Common Types of Terrazzo
There are several different types of terrazzo, each with its own unique properties and applications. Here are some of the most common:
1. Traditional terrazzo
This is the original type of terrazzo, made with marble chips and a cement binder. It is a durable and long-lasting material, but it can be expensive to install.
2. Epoxy terrazzo
This type of terrazzo is made with epoxy resin as the binder. It is more expensive than traditional terrazzo, but it is also more durable and resistant to stains and chemicals.
3. Thin-set terrazzo
This type of terrazzo is made with a thin layer of epoxy and aggregates. It is a good option for areas where a traditional terrazzo installation is not feasible.
4. Palladiana terrazzo
This type of terrazzo is made with large, irregularly shaped aggregates. It is a unique and eye-catching option that can be used to create a variety of different effects.
Owner's Maintenance Guide for Terrazzo TERRALITE
Maintenance Precautions: To preserve the integrity of TERRALITE®, it is crucial to exercise caution with cleaning products. Harsh cleaners and sealers can harm TERRALITE®. Stick to neutral pH materials when scrubbing or mopping floors. When applying sealers, ensure they achieve a slip resistance coefficient of friction rating compliant with the code. Opt for water-based sealers, the most recommended and commonly used today. Follow the sealer manufacturer's instructions for applying one or more coats. For a high sheen, consider a water-based finish (dressing) for daily or weekly buffing. Treat TERRALITE® like a poured-in-place epoxy terrazzo flooring upon completion.
Cleaning Procedures: Neutral cleaners are designed to react only when mixed with clean water according to the manufacturer's instructions. Allow the solution to sit on the floor surface for several minutes for effective grime-dissolving action. Rinse the solution, laden with dirt, using a squeegee, vacuum, or mop. Rinse thoroughly with ample clean water. Keep the floor wet during the entire cleaning process to prevent dirt and cleaning residue from drying on the surface.
Custodian’s Guide To The Proper Maintenance of Terrazzo TERRALITE
Following these instructions is crucial to preserving the cleanliness and longevity of your TERRALITE® floor. Here are the minimum maintenance suggestions:
Daily: Dust Mop
Begin each day by dust mopping the TERRALITE® floor. For stubborn stains and scuff marks, employ a hand application of a neutral cleaner diluted in warm water.
Weekly: Damp Mop Lightly Soiled Floors with a Neutral Cleaner
For lightly soiled floors, perform a weekly damp mop using a neutral cleaner. For heavily soiled areas, utilize a mechanical buffing machine along with a neutral cleaner. Mop up any residue with clean water before it has a chance to dry. Allow the floor to dry completely before proceeding to buff.
It is strongly recommended to consider the services of a professional maintenance company or procure supplies from vendors familiar with the care of epoxy terrazzo.