It is interesting to note that while many people consider recycling and reusing materials a relatively new practice, the craftsmen that first developed and installed Terrazzo tiles and flooring as years as the first part of the 14th century were true recyclers.
The use of chips from marble cutting, marble sculpting, and marble slab processing was the first source of the aggregates used in Terrazzo tiles and flooring. Later, other materials, such as porcelain, glass, and different natural materials including granite and shells, were also used in some flooring.
In keeping with its early recycling roots, modern Terrazzo tiles and flooring made with a resin, more correctly an epoxy-resin, are even more environmentally friendly since they are non-absorbent and highly stain resistant. With Terrazzo, new grout materials are also more resistant to staining as well as mold and mildew growth, which eliminates the need for harsh bleach cleaners.
Warm Water Only
For most Terrazzo tiles, cleaning any spills with warm water as quickly as possible after the spill is all the cleaning that will be required. You can use a damp cloth or a damp mop to wipe away any excess material. If there is dirt, grit, or abrasive material mixed with the liquid, as you may find with broken glass, remove the pieces carefully so they do not scratch the tiles during cleaning.
Avoid Vinegars and Acids
While vinegar, as a natural product, is often considered a great green cleaning product, it should not be used on Terrazzo tiles or floors. Over time, the acid can actually etch the thin polished layer of the surface and create a dulling effect on the tiles.
Another common mistake to avoid is using any type of abrasive cleaner or abrasive pad to try to scrub the floor. Instead, use a chamois, which is a soft cloth that actually polishes as you use it, to both clean and polish the surface of the floor or wall area.
Cleaning Terrazzo tiles and flooring is very simple. There are also neutral pH cleaners you can buy to use on your Terrazzo, but dry mopping to remove dirt followed by damp mopping with warm water is usually all you will need.
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