Stripping and Waxing a large Terrazzo floor area in a commercial setting is an expensive and reoccurring endeavor. When someone considers the cost of waxing a terrazzo floor area two to four times per year with materials and manpower included, the cost comparison to be made in comparing this process versus stripping and polishing a terrazzo floor can often reap a company noticeable benefits. Although stripping and polishing a floor one time is more costly than stripping and waxing a floor twice per year, the overall costs, wear and tear, and appearance unequivocally states that polishing can be a better solution in most situations. The average commercial terrazzo floor area requires stripping and waxing applications at least four times per year, dependent primarily upon its overall use. An average polished commercial terrazzo floor area requires one extraneous polishing effort with routine maintenance that local janitorial staff can conduct with no special training.
In so far as
stripping the finish off the terrazzo floor area is concerned, the
process remains the same. The floor finish is stripped off with a
stripping compound. The floor is chemically neutralized, rinsed twice,
and left to dry. After the area is dried thoroughly, new wax coats are
applied layer upon layer, as each previous layer dries, a new layer is
applied until a satisfactory finish is attained.
polishing end, the terrazzo floor area is stripped in the same manner
the floor was done, when it was waxed. However, once the neutralization
and rinsing process has been completed grinding stones are used with a Planetary Floor Grinder are used with an auto scrubber so as to
hone "grind" the floor surface to a semi rough texture.
Then,series of progressively finer diamonds are used to
restore or buff the shine back to the floor surface. Some call this vitrification. By using this process your Terrazzo looks like a granite counter top From an appearance
state, the buffed and restored surface resulting from the polishing
effort actually presents itself in a much better state than a waxed
terrazzo floor, very reflective and elegant in its natural state.
The pros resulting from polishing are that a company can reduce its
overall floor care costs and minimize the floor "down time". General maintenance via daily dust mopping and a weekly autoscrub with water is all that is needed verses two to
four times per year of waxing and striping. From a cost stand point, you remove the cost of all
the wax and stripper chemicals and in so far as manpower is concerned, your
custodial/maintenance staff can concern itself less with floor care
projects and more with other cleaning projects. For the environmentalist
in us, the use of less chemicals in the cleaning process is a sell to
everyone, because less chemicals are used in restoring our floor areas
From the overall cleaning
perspective, the look is sheen, classy, and elegant. The price is
affordable (currently) and it offers a good alternative to the use of
nauseating cleaning chemical compounds in the workplace. Natural stone
or terrazzo regains its appeal as a natural composite material, which is
why it is often selected in the commercial setting, for its intrinsic
feature value. The floor will actually regain its shine and appeal and
gain the "eye" of a company's patrons, because most people notice floors first when entering a building. The reason they notice your floors
first is simple, most people walk forward facing downward; therefore,
most people notice your clean/dirty floors first when they enter your
building. Call Rhino Proflooring today and restore the natual beauty of your Terrazzo-(910) 574-5546 or e-mail email@example.com
Rhino Decorative Concrete & Coatings is a Veteran owned business based in North Carolina whose complete and total focus is providing concrete flooring solutions. The true strength of Rhino lies in the expertise of our floor resurfacing installation teams. Using the latest equipment and proven installation techniques, our craftsmen install a masterpiece with every flooring project by incorporating a professional and dedicated work ethic. Our experts are trained by both Rhino Linings Corporation, a premier coatings and lining company for over 25 years, and Stardek decorative concrete, the leader in Decorative concrete since 1972.