How to Polish Terrazzo Tile

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How to Polish Terrazzo Tile
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Smooth and shiny terrazzo tile makes your home or building look elegant, but the same flooring can easily show dust and grime. While terrazzo tile is easy to clean, polishing poses a challenge. Most of the polishing products contain wax that will make your floors slippery. The National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association has two tips for polishing your terrazzo floors without creating an unsafe walking environment.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Water
  • Neutral cleaning product
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Buffer
  • High lustre finish (optional)

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  1. 1

    Sweep your terrazzo floor with a broom to remove all dust and grime.

  2. 2

    Mix a neutral cleaner (with a pH of seven to 10) and water in a large bucket, according to the proportions on your cleaner.

  3. 3

    Mop your terrazzo tile floor with this cleaning solution. If some areas are particularly soiled, clean these with a scrub brush. Allow the cleaner to sit on the floor for several minutes. Neutral cleaners work by the interaction of water and cleaning solution so they require time to work.

  4. 4

    Dry mop up the excess cleaning solution. Wait for your terrazzo floor to dry. A small amount of the cleaner's residue will remain in the floor.

  5. 5

    Buff the terrazzo flooring with a buffer set to low speed. Work the cleaning residue into the floor with circular motions. This will produce a shine and effectively polish your terrazzo tile.

  6. 6

    Sweep away any debris created by the buffing. Your terrazzo tile floor is now polished.

Tips and warnings

  • After cleaning the terrazzo tile, spray a high lustre finish over the tile surface and work this in with your buffer for a more intense effect.

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