The objective of this article is to provide step by step procedures for terrazzo floor cleaning on a daily basis. It also includes a list of the products, tools and supplies required to successfully perform the routine or daily cleaning task for terrazzo floor cleaning.  For the purpose of this discussion, we will be addressing those terrazzo floors that have been sealed with a top coating of floor finish or seal.

Good looking floors always starts with daily cleaning and this is especially true for commercial buildings because of the amount of soil and foot traffic they receive everyday. For the purpose of this article we will be covering terrazzo floor cleaning in a commercial building.

As a general rule, Commercial terrazzo floors should be cleaned daily. Whereas in a residence, it may be impractical to clean daily but terrazzo floors should be cleaned at least weekly in a residence. If the reader is interested in terrazzo floor cleaning for a residence, please click on the following link and it will take you to another article covering residential terrazzo floor cleaning (Cleaning Terrazzo Floors – Step by Step Cleaning procedures for Sealed Terrazzo).


Terrazzo Floor Cleaning – Procedures and Supplies


Terrazzo Floor Cleaning – Procedures


  1. Prepare an automatic scrubber equipped with RED cleaning pads with cool water and approved professional grade floor cleaner, diluted according to the label directions. A Neutral cleaner is preferred.
  2. Prepare one rinse bucket and wringer with clean, cool water and clean rinse mop.
  3. Dust mop or sweep entire floor area of loose debris and remove adhered debris such as gum, candy, etc. with a putty knife.
  4. Post “Wet Floor” signs and or barricade area with CAUTION tape.
  5. Scrub floor area with automatic scrubber.  Use a single pass; solution control valve half open, pads down, squeegee down and vacuum “on”.
  6. Using the prepared, water only rinse bucket, trail mop / rinse, all excess water puddles left by the automatic scrubber.  Pay particular attention to edges, borders, turning points and low spots in the floor where excess water tends to accumulate.
  7. Allow floor to dry thoroughly.
    Note: Wet Floor signs should remain until entire process is completed and floor is completely dry.


Terrazzo Floor Cleaning – Products, Tools & Equipment

  • Client’s Program Approved Floor Cleaner (Neutral Based Cleaner Preferred)
  • Putty knife or scraper
  • Dust mop (untreated), Broom or Microfiber Mop (preferred)
  • Dust Pan
  • Automatic scrubber
  • Clean RED pads for automatic scrubber
  • Mop bucket and wringer
  • Clean wet mop (pre-laundered cotton or cotton blend preferred)
  • Wet Floor caution signs and or Caution tape
  • Personal Protection Equipment (Refer to Product Label and Product Material Safety Data Sheet)


Terrazzo Floor Cleaning – Helpful Websites

FILMOP Site: Microfiber Product Information

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