Category Archives: Hard Surface Cleaning

Restoring Your Terrazo Flooring

Cactus in small flowerpot on terrazzo floor

Common terrazzo flooring appearance

Terrazzo is a stone that is man-made and created via the use of small pieces of natural stone. In a nutshell, it is a hard surface using stone chips set in epoxy or cement. The name comes from “Terrazza”, which is an Italian word that means, “terrace”. It began back in the 15th century when Venetian mosaic artists utilized leftover bits of marble for surfacing their own terraces at home. The fact that it is steeped in tradition and history makes terrazzo all the more attractive to many people for their homes or businesses.

Terrazzo floors are really quite resilient, but older terrazzo floors may need general restoration for the purpose of restoring them to their original beauty. Pits and holes in places where chips of stone could have come loose and could require filling. A lackluster surface could require the help of a professional to make it shine again.

Terrazzo’s attractive appearance and high level of durability make it an excellent natural stone hard surface for restoration. Generally it contains marble or some other type of natural stone that tends to be capable of maintaining a high shine once polished. Terrazzo can then be maintained by using a penetrative sealer to protect it from discoloration and stains.

Once it has been restored by a professional, maintaining terrazzo in all of its beauty is as simple as regular dry and wet mopping. It is, however, quite susceptible to etching, therefore it’s necessary to prevent any acidic spills or, if any occur, to wipe them up immediately. And, often it is difficult to tell whether a stain is actually a stain or a natural part of the floor itself. The best way to find that out is to ask a professional to look at it and make a recommendation.

If you’re a business or homeowner in Eagle County who has a terrazzo floor in your home or office, and it’s starting to look dull or damaged, then your best bet is to contact certified technicians to re-seal your floor and ensure years of beauty and enjoyment. Don’t make the mistake of trying Do-It-Yourself methods on your floor when you need to remove stains or etching. Trust the professionals to extract those stains and preserve the beauty of your terrazzo floor.

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Paint and Coatings Removal

Gary Gilman contributed article to Cleaner Times

Contributor: Gary Gilman, President of SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, LLC Minturn CO

Read full article here: Contributor: Gary Gilman, President, SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, LLC, Minturn, CO.

Paint and coatings removal can be done most efficiently when freezing temperatures are not a concern. The main geographical consideration would be the time of year in the northern tier of the country.

Typical Job
Because anything that requires maintenance—from automobiles to lines on parking lots to sealers on
stone and tile—may be a candidate for coating removal, the breadth and diversity of jobs is great.

[Note: Irrespective of the type of job, coating removal requires the same strict adherence
to environmental regulations that any effort producing wastewater does. In addition, coating removal that exposes asbestos or decades-old lead paint demands that the contractor be prepared to follow local, state, and federal regulations for collection and disposal of the dislodged substances, which are categorized as hazardous.]

One method for coating removal that works well is wet abrasive blasting. When crushed, recycled glass is used as the abrasive, the method is very, very effective. It also keeps the
dust down.

Wet blasting generally relies on a 185 cfm or greater air compressor with a blasting pot (tank). The wet blast method provides greater control over the application because it is easier to hit the target and to hit it with maximum coverage. Overall, for paint and coating removal, wet abrasive blasting
is a good choice.

Techniques that Work Best
What is slated to happen after the paint or coating is removed will help determine the method used. For
removal of loose and flaking paint as part of washing prior to repainting, use a pressure washer with a fan nozzle or a rotary nozzle. (This assumes the flakes will be collected and they do not contain a hazardous component.)

Even though the foregoing approach is straightforward, the contractor must know how the substrate will react to the pressure from the water. Grout, old brick, cinderblock, fiberglass, and wood may be damaged by higher pressures. Test in an inconspicuous area before starting to determine the type of nozzle and the maximum pressure
suitable for the project.

Note: This entry contains information from a chapter in the 2002 Power Washer’s Guidebook, “Paint and Coatings Removal,” which was written by Lance Nord, President, Phoenix Environmental Services, Phoenix, AZ. Geographical Considerations

Cleaner Times | IWA • November 2014 • 31
Contributor: Gary Gilman,
President, SteamMaster
Restoration and Cleaning,
LLC, Minturn, CO

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