How to clean and select the right terrazzo tiles
How to clean and select the right terrazzo tiles

Terrazzo tiles is a popular flooring and countertop material owing to its marble-like appearance. Terrazzo tiles is created by combining cement with marble. Additional marble chips are placed on the surface during installation, ensuring that at least 70% of the visible surface is marble. The cement component of the terrazzo tiles floor readily collects stains. This is why we've compiled a list of terrazzo tiles cleaning techniques for you.

1. Use hot soapy water to remove stains produced by alcoholic drinks. If the discoloration is very stubborn, swab it with denatured alcohol. If the stain persists, apply an absorbent cloth drenched with hydrogen peroxide immediately on top of it, followed by an ammonia-soaked cloth.

2. Clean blood stains with cool, clean water. If the discoloration persists, dilute the water with a few drops of ammonia. Drizzle tepid water over the damaged area and sprinkle powdered malt on it to remove persistent blood stains. Allow an hour before rinsing.

3. Soak an absorbent cloth in a solution of 1 part glycerin to 3 parts normal water. Apply it to the area with coffee stains and allow it to settle for a few minutes. Alternatively, you may apply a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and calcium carbonate or abrasive powder and hot water on the stain.

4. Gently wipe the surface with warm water combined with liquid detergent to remove oil and grease marks. Additionally, you may use a home degreasing product to address certain areas. Similarly, paint stains may be removed in the same way.

5. Remove ink stains by washing with a solution of warm water and liquid detergent. To treat older stains, combine two teaspoons sodium perborate and a pint of water in a blender and whisk until a paste forms before applying it to the stain. To remove persistent blue ink stains, consider putting a strong ammonia water solution over a layer of cloth rather than directly on the terrazzo tiles.

6. Immediately apply an absorbent cloth saturated with hydrogen peroxide to soft drink stains, followed by an ammonia-soaked cloth.

7. Scrub the terrazzo tiles surface with a paste of abrasive powder and hot water to eliminate urine stains. To remove stubborn pee stains, use a hydrogen peroxide-soaked cloth directly to the stain, followed by an ammonia-saturated cloth.

The best way to choose terrazzo tiles for your house

Choosing the right terrazzo tiles for your impending home remodel might be daunting. Mat Wilk, director of Ballast Point, and Stephanie Dodd, architectural assistant (who formerly worked in a tile business), provide a few ideas to make the process smoother.

1. It is not about the price; it is about how you use it.

Tiles, like any other finish, must be examined in context. It is essential that they complement the rest of the furnishings in the house. Laying patterns may also substantially alter the look. We used basic terracotta tiles for roughly $25 per square metre in the bathroom of a home we constructed in North St, Balmain. They looked wonderful.


2. Classical over fashionable

As with fashion, fads in tiling come and go, so avoid obsessively following the newest vogue. Rather than that, strive for elegance and superb design. Outstanding design endures. After all, it's far simpler to discard those slim pants than it is to retile your living room! Choose neutral tiles that blend in with the other materials in the room. Neutral greys with a slate or concrete appearance may provide a refined air that will last the test of time. Another alternative is to utilize terrazzo tiles, which mimic the look of a terrazzo tiles floor without the price tag – also, the busier the tile, the more dust it conceals! Timber tiles, a recent fad, are just perplexing. Consider walking barefoot on what you believe are floors just to come face to face with icy tiles!

3. It's fashionable to be square.

Look for terrazzo tiles with a'rectified' edge — that is, one that is square rather than rounded (or 'cushion') edge. These tiles may be set closer together, resulting in less grout and a more polished appearance.

4. Encaustic is wonderful.

Patterned terrazzo tiles, like as those used on the verandah of the house we constructed in Llewellyn St, Balmain, are an excellent way to pay homage to a home's vintage feel without recreating it.

Encaustic is wonderful.

5. Dimensions are critical

The format (or size) of tile changes according on the available area and budget. While little tiles might overwhelm a huge area, in a small room (such as a bathroom), smaller tiles can create the sense of a larger space by visually 'fitting more in'. When a customer want to have the same tile on the walls and floor–often selecting for a square floor tile and a rectangular wall tile-mixing big and tiny terrazzo tiles is frequent. Larger tiles are often more costly to lay since they are more expensive to make and typically need at least two tilers to install, which raises the labor cost. A unique tile size that has evolved in recent years is the rectangular 'plank' tile, which may be visually appealing without being too fashionable.

6. Increase the heat.

Due to the fact that terrazzo tiles may be fairly chilly to walk on, you may want to consider installing underfloor heating. It's a cost-effective method of heating huge rooms and produces a cozy atmosphere in the winter.

7. Everything is altered by light.

Bear in mind that the same tile will seem darker on the wall than it does on the floor due to less light bouncing off of it. When selecting a tile for both the floor and the walls, hold it vertically to observe the difference in how the light hits the tile. Take a representative sample, even if it means purchasing a few tiles. Small samples may not usually provide an accurate representation of the final appearance.

8. Tile types

Because porcelain terrazzo tiles are burned at a greater temperature than other kinds of tiles, they are more durable, therefore it's worth investing a little extra for durability. Ceramic tiles should not be used on floors, but they are often OK for bathroom walls and kitchen splashbacks.