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This page, as well as this entire site, is designed to give homeowners who have terrazzo floors information to help them decide if their terrazzo floors can and should be restored. I talk to people every day about their terrazzo floors. Over the years I have come to understand many of their concerns. Many terrazzo floors that can be restored are turned down by companies because they lack the experience and knowledge to find and fix the problems. Conversely, some floors are taken on by companies that get in over their heads or do not understand the problems they are faced with. At SafeDry, we do all the work ourselves. We never hire subcontractors to work on any of our customers floors and we never subcontract any work out. I hope this page and many others on this site can give you the knowledge to understand what can and cannot be done. If you like what you see please “like” us on Facebook. 

How do I know if I have a terrazzo floor?

Many new home owners look under the carpet hopping for wood. That is unlikely in Florida, but some are shocked to see terrazzo. I hear these stories every day. Terrazzo floors were installed during original construction in banks, schools, government buildings, airports and many homes in Florida built between 1950 and the early 1970s. You can recognize it by the stone chips in the floor. In Florida it can usually be seen in the door step of the front door. It might be painted, or tiled, so it could be hidden. Terrazzo is the hot floor now. Everyone is starting to understand that terrazzo is the greenest, easiest floor to keep up and can last for centuries. No tile, carpet or vinyl can make the same claim. Florida’s old terrazzo is mostly made from Portland cement and marble chips. These floors may be stained, have hundreds of chip holes from old carpet tack strip or still be covered with tile and these floors can look better today than they looked sixty years ago. Today we can fill those chip holes, remove old stains that have been in the floors for years and tear out almost any covering to get to the floor. What is left after, after we restore you terrazzo floor, is a beautiful, continuous, long lasting shine.

Pad Damage and Stain Removal

Many homeowners want to know about the terrazzo restoration process and whether their terrazzo floor can be restored, especially if they need terrazzo pad damage and stain removal.

Preparing to Have your Terrazzo Restored

If you have scheduled your terrazzo floor restoration it helps to understand how terrazzo restoration preparation to ensure your floor is ready.  Here are a few things that should be done before the terrazzo restoration company arrives.

Chip, Hole, and Crack Repair

Many homeowners have asked me if chips and cracks in terrazzo flooring can be repaired. The answer is yes.  We can repair chips and crack to look great.

Proper Terrazzo Care

After a terrazzo floor is polished it will need proper terrazzo care. Terrazzo floors should be cleaned with a neutral cleaner.

Terrazzo Restoration and Polishing

At Safe Dry Terrazzo Restoration we use four hundred pound planetary grinders with dry diamonds to get the best shine possible.

Dispelling Some Terrazzo Restoration Myths

There are a lot of misconceptions associated with terrazzo restoration. This blog is an attempt at dispelling some terrazzo restoration myths.

Terrazzo Floors: The Heart of Florida’s Mid Century Modern Homes

Florida’s mid-century modern homes have many things in common. From the matching, toilet, sink, bathtub and tile, bathroom color schemes to the sliding glass doors and almost all had terrazzo floors.

Antique Terrazzo Flooring is Making a Big Comeback Across Florida

Terrazzo Flooring is being restored all across Florida & people are tearing up floor coverings & restoring their antique terrazzo. If your house is here in 100 years, then your floor will still be here too. It can still look as good then as it can look today.

SafeDry Terrazzo Restoration Service Area

SafeDry does terrazzo restoration in SarasotaVenice, Fort MyersPort CharlotteBradenton, Cape CoralNaplesEnglewoodNorth Port, Punta GordaNokomisTampaMarco IslandSiesta Key, Lakeland, Winter HavenGainesville, Sun City CenterOrlandoMelbourneDaytona, New Port Richey, Holiday, Lake Wales and Hillsborough County, and most places in between. Click on the name of your city above to see pictures from your area.

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Myth: Once a terrazzo floor has be covered with tile it can never be properly restored.

Dispelled:
I have been able to restore hundreds of terrazzo floors after removing the tile. It might be best to leave the removal to us, but it is rare for us to remove the tile and not be able to restore the terrazzo under it.
There are times when the removal has a grid pattern that needs treated. Most of the time this treatment removes the grid pattern. Another problem can be ghosting. Ghosting is the result of moisture migration through the concrete and terrazzo slabs. While we can grind out some or all of this moisture there my be some left at the end of the terrazzo Restoration process. In time this problem will resolve itself. The floor will dry out. Floor housing an also happen.
A chipping hammer in the hands of some who has never removed tile from terrazzo can produce more damage then can be successful repaired. Once the tile is up you should be careful removing thin-set with a floor scraper. Scraping can chip the floor. Make sure and inspect the floor during all aspects of the tile removal. Proper demo will avoid these  problems and insure a Lang lasting beautiful terrazzo floor.

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