Thank you all!  You guys are so great!  Do you know if that crystallizer is ready for purchase from Stonecare Central, yet?  Also, what would you suggest a normal per sq ft charge should be?

On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 11:40 AM, John Freitag <> wrote:



I’ll give you my 2 cents worth on terrazzo. Over the past I’ve worked on both cement based and epoxy based terrazzo. As mentioned by one of the other partner treat it like marble. However there are several thing to consider when doing terrazzo.

1.       If the terrazzo has been coated? waxed you first need to strip it. Then start with at least a 50 grit resin diamond, then progress through the grits until you have reached the desired hone, if it a dark colored terrazzo , then hone up to 800 , if it’s a light color terrazzo hone to a 400


2.       I recommend on cement based terrazzo to use a densiflier, the process I use is to hone the terrazzo up to a 220 grit then apply the densiflier keeping it wet for at least 45 minutes, then vac up the excess. By leaving the densiflier on the terrazzo for 45 minutes you are allowing the densiflier to penetrate into the cement.


3.       After you have vac up the excess densiflier then take a finish mop for applying waxws and lightly mop on a thin coat of the densfilier, let this dry over night and then come back and do the 400 , 800 hone until you reach the gloss you are looking for. by mopping on a  coat of the densiflier and leaving it overnight this give the cement a harder finish and will polish easier and deliver a high gloss finish.


4.       There is no need to use polishing powders if you are using a densifiler.


5.       If you want more color on the terrazzo you could use a very light application of crystallization. This would add gloss and some additional color to the terrazzo. And don’t fear the Terrazzo Institute recognizes crystallization as an acceptable method of polishing terrazzo.




1.       If the terrazzo  is epoxy you will need to strip off any coating that have been applied.


2.       You normally need to start honing at a 50 resin and hone up to the grit to where you can polish the terrazzo.  Usually on dark colors you need to go up to at least 800, lighter colors you can polish after 400


3.       Polishing you can use a 5X  Powder


4.       If you desire a higher shine and additional color you can do a light application of crystallizer.


5.       Diamond to use I always used my regular marble diamonds on both cement and epoxy terrazzo,  I per the 3 inch triple thick from StoneCare Central.


Georgia, as you learned in your recent training use the same timing methods as you do for marble and you will be fine. Plus this will allow you to project out the time needed to complete the project. If you have any questions , please call

John E. Freitag


The Stone and Tile School

Office 407-567-7652

Cell 407-615-0134








From: [] On Behalf Of Dr Fred
Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2009 7:40 AM

To: Restoration and Maintenance
Subject: RE: [sccpartners] Terrazzo Question


Jason is correct you need to determine if it is epoxy or Portland based terrazzo. If you see cracking in the terrazzo chances are it is Portland based.  Denisfiers can not be used on epoxy..For Portland terrazzo use standard marble pads. for epoxy use one designed for Engineered stone such as the Ceramica EX by Alpha

On Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 10:21 PM, Randy Frye <> wrote:

Hi Georgia:


We do a lot of the old terrazzo in Florida. We treat it just like marble floors. I will usually polish with a marble polishing compound after a 400 resin. I start with whatever the stone dictates as far as scratching is concerned or glues on surface from carpet, ect. This picture was one we did last week in Marco Island Florida.


Hope this helps

Randy, Cleaning Edge

Naples, FL


From: Jason Francis []
Sent: Saturday, September 26, 2009 9:30 PM
To: Restoration and Maintenance
Subject: RE: [sccpartners] Terrazzo Question


Hi Georgia, 

Its good to know if the binder is concrete or epoxy. Use harder resins for terrazzo. I usually start at 220 metal or 50 resin if it's in decent shape. If it's concrete, you can densify after 400, and work your way up, or you can use a powder polish and get a nice shine as well at 800 or above. Sometimes it's good to use a concrete densifyer/coating as a topical.





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On Sep 26, 2009, at 8:25 PM, Georgia Rivera <> wrote:

Hi Partners,

I haven't done much terrazzo estimates as I don't see very much of it where I am.  I have a steakhouse that has a matt finish terrazzo (most of it is dark with light accent pieces on the borders).  Approx. 2500 sq ft.  I took my razor and didn't find a topical.  The owner wants the light scratches removed and wants the finish to have a  high gloss.  Nice place with a black baby grand piano in a fun area just a few blocks from downtown.  From what I know, there are special pads for terrazzo, is that right.  The building was built in 1999.  I do not know the age of the floor.

I was thinking of a deep clean, diamond hone process then crystallizer.  Does anybody else have anything they can add to help me with estimating the project?

Thanks all!


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