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Why terrazzo is great as a commercial lobby floor and how we restore it

Lobby terrazzo floor is a very popular and a smart choice for commercial buildings. 

They are durable, low-maintenance, and aesthetically pleasing. Terrazzo floors are also easy to clean and maintain, which is important in a busy commercial space.

To list a few of the benefits of terrazzo floors for commercial lobbies:

Durability: Terrazzo floors are very durable and can withstand heavy traffic. They are also resistant to scratches and stains.

Low maintenance: Terrazzo floors require very little maintenance. They can be swept and mopped regularly, and they do not need to be sealed or waxed. We always recommend natural polished look for terrazzo, no wax.

Aesthetically pleasing: Terrazzo floors come in a variety of colors and patterns, which can be used to create a unique and attractive lobby. Our friend company can even design terrazzo art or implement the logo of the organization or school in the lobby.

Easy to clean: Terrazzo floors are a bliss to clean and maintain. They can be swept and mopped regularly, and they do not need to be sealed or waxed as often as you might think.

If you are looking for a durable, low-maintenance, and aesthetically pleasing floor for your commercial lobby, terrazzo is a great option that will last for several generations. 

Take Chicagoland area, for example. We come across terrazzo that has been over 100 or more years old since original installation. 

We were put to a task to restore old flooring of the hotel lobby. At this beautiful hotel, which recently got a new ownership, we restored terrazzo floors to the original beautiful look. 

There were some challenges, but nothing that we could not handle. We needed repair and the missing parts of terrazzo around newly installed columns. 

This terrazzo floor featured a beautiful detail in the aggregate mix – shells. Those looked fantastic after we finished the project and polished terrazzo to a nice glossy finish. These were the steps we performed in this project:

Dry grinding with metal pads

We use dry cut method and dry vacuum extraction of dust (attached to machine)

Terrazzo patching preparation

We prep terrazzo by cutting, installing metal strips, mixing and filling in terrazzo

Mixing and pouring terrazzo

We match terrazzo aggregates and matrix in advance. We mix it using a formula

Grinding terrazzo (wet cut)

We continue grinding terrazzo by using wet cut method and wet vacuum to collect slurry

Revolving door terrazzo

First dry cut was done by hand since our machine is too large to fit there

Honing terrazzo

We use different grit diamond pads to hone and then polish terrazzo. We gradually increase grit levels.

Polishing terrazzo

We use D.I.P. system of diamond impregnated pads to polish terrazzo

Sealing and burnishing of terrazzo

We use topical sealer to protect terrazzo. Then we burnish it to get the highest sheen possible

Final results of restored lobby terrazzo


Contact us if you are interested in terrazzo restoration. We offer a FREE ESTIMATE.