Monday, November 15, 2010

How to Clean and Maintain Terrazzo

Terrazzo Maintenance Procedures:

Harsh cleaners and sealers can damage Terrazzo; thus, only materials that are neutral with a PH Factor between 7 and 10 should be used for cleaning Terrazzo floors. Avoid all-purpose cleaners or soaps containing water soluble, inorganic, or crystallizing salts, harmful alkali or acids for cleaning terrazzo. Sweeping compounds contain oil, which is not only a fire hazard, but will penetrate and could permanently discolor your terrazzo floor. Many of these compounds contain sand, which is hard to sweep, and can abrade your floor if not removed.

Terrazzo Cleaning Procedures:

Neutral cleaners are designed to react only in solution with clean water, mixed in accordance to the manufacturer instructions, and allowed to remain on the floor surface for several minutes. This provides the necessary time for the grime dissolving action to take place. Then rinse the dirt-laden solution from the surface by squeegee, vacuum, or mopping. Rinse with ample clean water. It is important to keep the floor wet during this entire cleaning process so the dirt does not reabsorb in the floor. The frequently asked question, “How often must we sweep or scrub this floor?” is answered by the amount of traffic that moves across the floor daily.

Helpful Tips for Terrazzo Maintenance

Your Terrazzo floor has been honed, polished and sealed with a penetrating Terrazzo Sealer. This protects your surface from immediate stains, but no spillage should be ignored and allowed to soak and dry into the floor.


• DO ask your installing Terrazzo Contractor to recommend the proper neutral cleaner and sealers to be used for cleaning and sealing terrazzo.

• DO dust mop your terrazzo floors daily, this not only picks up the dust, but also the grit tracked into your home or building. The grit acts as an abrasive on your hard surface floor.

• DO wash your terrazzo floors once a week depending on the amount of foot traffic; Always rinse your floors well to prevent a build-up of cleaner residue that could become slippery.

• DO have your terrazzo floors sealed with an impregnating sealer in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions.

• DO use maintenance products designed for cleaning and maintaining Terrazzo.

• DO allow your neutral cleaner, once applied to the Terrazzo surface, time to react as designed to loosen foreign matter. Several minutes should be adequate, but DO NOT allow solution to dry on surface.

• DO clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone.

• DO use door mats inside and out along with runners and area rugs on terrazzo floors

• DO call the Stone Medic with any questions. We are here to help.


• DON’T use surface waxes, or all purpose sealers. Employment of such can result in slippery surfaces.

• DON’T use all purpose cleaners containing water soluble inorganic or crystallizing salts, harmful alkali or acids. Use of such products could prove harmful to your Terrazzo floor.

• DON’T try miracle cleaners or sealers on your terrazzo floor without getting an opinion on such products from The Stone Medic.

• DON'T use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners.

• DON'T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners.

• DON'T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.

• DON'T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone and terrazzo.

• DON'T use scouring powders and abrasives because they will scratch the surface.

If you have any questions please call the Stone Medic @ (813) 818-7555 or visit our website at

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Terrazzo Restoration Tampa, Florida

The Stone Medic is the Tampa Bay area leading company for Terrazzo Restoration. Our craftsmen have years of experience restoring terrazzo floors.If you need your terrazzo cleaned, polished or a complete restoration you can rest assured that the Stone Medic will deliver high quality with great service.

This job was to restore a 60 year old Terrazzo Floor. The terrazzo floor had been covered with carpet and tile for more than 40 years. First, The carpet tack strips were removed by our Terrazzo craftsmen without damaging the floor. Then the carpet and tile was removed. Next, the old wax on the floor was stripped and the floor diamond honed and polishing to shine like marble.

Before Restoration
After Restoration

Why Wait. Call the Stone Medic Today

Get your Terrazzo Surfaces restored to a new polished look today. The Stone Medic offers Terrazzo Restoration services and Terrazzo Polishing and Repair services in the Tampa Bay area including, Sarasota, St Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, and Tampa. If you have a Terrazzo Floor, why cover it with tile and carpet? Give us a call today and let us show you how our Terrazzo Restoration and Terrazzo Polishing process will restore the beauty of your Terrazzo Floor or visit  to request your free estimate.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Marble Polishing and Restoration

Have your Marble and other stone surfaces lost there "Wow!”??

Are your Marble, Travertine and Granite starting to look worn or dulling out?

Do your floors look dirty, even after they're cleaned?

Have you noticed holes showing up out of nowhere?

If your marble, granite, travertine or other natural stone surfaces have become dull, stained or have otherwise just lost their “WOW!" let Stone Medic Marble Restoration Craftsmen bring them back to life.

Using state-of-the-art equipment coupled with quality products, our trained craftsmen can resolve such problems as; Dull, dingy surfaces , Uneven floor tiles (lippage),  Stains, Etching, Cracks and chips.

The Stone Medic is one of the premier marble restoration and maintenance companies for all natural stone surfaces. We are experts in marble cleaning, marble polishing, honing, grinding, cleaning and sealing of marble, granite, travertine, limestone and all other natural stone.

We are one of the few area companies that are experts in the use of diamond abrasives in Marble Restoration and stone surfaces. The use of diamonds in the grinding and honing phase of marble polishing will give you better clarity and more reflectivity after polishing. We also provide stripping, cleaning, sealing, crack/chip repair and stain removal for marble, granite, travertine, terrazzo and all other natural stone surfaces.

No top coating, wax, crystallization, janitorial waxes, polyurethane, or harmful caustic chemical coatings of any kind are put on top of your Marble, Granite, Travertine or Terrazzo floor to achieve a glossy look. Chemical top coatings may cost less up-front but are far more expensive to maintain, scratch more easily, can turn yellow and require stripping and recoating from time to time. Moreover, a chemically top coated floor is not as healthy as a naturally polished floor.

Why Wait - CONTACT The Stone Medic Today

Keep your Marble Floors, Marble Counter tops, Polished Marble, Travertine Marble, Marble Showers and other marble and natural stone surfaces looking beautiful and elegant? If you are having problems with your Marble Floor, Counter tops and Marble Showers in Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater or Tampa Bay Florida, The Stone Medic will get them looking clean and new again. When you need Marble Cleaning, Marble Polishing or full Marble Restoration, our skilled craftsmen can get it done right. Our Maintenance Program will keep your Marble and Travertine looking new year after year. Give us a call today at 813-818-7555 / 727-530-3555 or visit  to request your free estimate.