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My name is Pete Alfieris, I am the facilities manager at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, here at UCF. We recently had two office suites recarpeted by your company and I had the pleasure to work with both Devon and Scott. I wanted to express my appreciation for the excellent service and work that was done in our office suite.

They showed up on time and worked until the job was completed with such professionalism. The installers were unbelievable with the care with any of the furniture and both installs. I have received such great praise from staff and faculty members whose offices were done.

Truly an incredible experience! Thank you again Scott & Devon!

Pete Alfieris Facilities Manager College of Engineering & Computer Science University of Central Florida - UCFPete Alfieris
Facilities Manager
University of Central Florida

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All About Terrazzo Flooring

Distinct from stone flooring and tile, terrazzo is a popular flooring material, especially in Florida. It’s typically poured in place right onto a concrete slab or even over existing flooring, and terrazzo flooring is popular with businesses because it lasts a lifetime with proper maintenance. Because terrazzo floor restoration can bring even decades-old flooring back to life, these floors are an excellent choice in heavy-wear commercial applications.

Terrazzo flooring is made of chips of marble, glass, granite, and shells that are mixed in either epoxy resin or cement binder material. Most businesses today select seamless poured-in-place epoxy terrazzo, which is endlessly customizable to match your commercial building’s colors. You can even build in your company logo as part of the terrazzo design, and it produces a durable, anti-slip, antimicrobial surface.

An alternative to poured in place terrazzo is precast terrazzo, which is made in a factory and then shipped to the installation site. Some of the uses for precast terrazzo include staircases, curved surfaces, and sinks. Terrazzo is also available in a tile form for applications where poured-in-place flooring would not be ideal.

Everyday Terrazzo Maintenance

If you take good care of your building’s terrazzo floors, they can last a lifetime and beyond! Terrazzo maintenance includes regular cleaning with appropriate materials and the application of specialty sealers from time to time. The sealers protect the aggregates within the binder and also enhance the shine of your terrazzo flooring.

For regular maintenance of your terrazzo floor, simply sweep up debris and dust from the surface. You don’t want to let dust accumulate because it becomes abrasive and can wear off the terrazzo over time. After sweeping, mop your Terrazzo flooring with a neutral cleaner, leave it on for a few minutes, and then rinse off the cleaning liquid with water to prevent a build-up of residue. Acid or bleach-based liquids can harm the sealing of your terrazzo flooring, so if these liquids are spilled on your terrazzo, make sure to dry them off quickly.

Terrazzo Restoration and Sealing

When terrazzo becomes dull and dirty, either from age, dirt, or built-up cleaning products, it’s time for some more serious terrazzo maintenance. The process involves grinding, polishing, and sealing with at least two coats of a commercial-grade water-based sealer.

Chemical damage is another reason why you might need to restore your building’s terrazzo floors. Damaged surfaces can be made good as new with a deep cleaning, sanding, and re-application of sealant.

To avoid slippery and discolored terrazzo floors, don’t use oil-based sweeping compounds, surface waxes, all-purpose sealers, cleaners containing inorganic or crystallizing salts, alkali, or acids.

Avoid bargain-basement terrazzo restoration companies. Some of these operators will try to fix damaged terrazzo by painting over it or applying mismatched resins to fill in holes. They might also try to recrystallize floors with off-label products or use cheap polishing powders. Avoid these amateur techniques at all costs! A proper terrazzo restoration will involve mechanical diamond polishing to grind down the floor evenly and a high-grade sealant to protect the floors while enhancing their clarity and reflection.

Vintage terrazzo flooring in Florida contains a multitude of different types and sizes of stones. Color matching, both for the epoxy binder and for the marble chips, is key, and it takes time to do it right. At Cubix, Inc., our terrazzo floor restoration specialists will put in the time to restore the appearance and function of your flooring. Reach out to us for a free estimate and learn how we can transform your workplace!

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HOW IT WORKS

1Permanent Floor Protector

2Slip Resistance

3Chemical Stain Resistance

4Colored Floor Renewal