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How to Restore Terrazzo

By J. Johnson
Terrazzo floors can add beauty to your home.
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Terrazzo floors feature smaller pieces of substances such as granite and marble in a concrete base. The surface of a Terrazzo floor, however, is perfectly smooth and polished. This can make it a little easier to clean. To completely restore your Terrazzo floors, however, you’ll have to do so in a protective way that doesn't damage the surface. Unlike surfaces that aren't as smooth, Terrazzo floors may need to be restored because any damage will show up easily on such a consistent surface.

Use a vacuum cleaner that is safe to use on hard floor surfaces to remove dust and debris from the Terrazzo floors.

Fill your mop bucket with 1 gallon of plain water and mix in ½ tsp. of an oil soap product.

Clean the Terrazzo surface using a microfiber mop, focusing on a few feet of the floor at a time. Watch for small pieces of debris getting stuck on the map. These can scratch the floor surface.

Dry the Terrazzo floor with a terry cloth before it has a chance to dry. Buff the floor dry using a circular motion to help it shine.

Rinse the mop before moving onto the next area. When you see the water in the mop bucket get cloudy, mix up a new solution.


Things You Will Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop bucket
  • Water
  • Oil soap
  • Microfiber mop
  • Terry cloth


  • If you only need to shine your floor, all you need is the buffers and the powders (steps 8 - 10.
  • To do 400 sq', I used 6 pads on the buffer.


  • Make sure you keep track of the electrical cord when you are using the surface grinder (or any tool for that matter).
  • Unplug the surface grinder before changing the bricks.
  • Use a lot of common sense.

About the Author


J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.