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Restoring Terrazzo Floors

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    LESLIE: Laura in Florida’s got a floor situation going on. Tell us about it.

    LAURA: Yes. I have terrazzo floors and my house is older and they have carpet laying over it now but there’s terrazzos underneath it. And I would like to know how to make them brand new again.

    LESLIE: So, you want to take the carpet away and see the condition of the terrazzo floor?

    LAURA: Yes, ma’am.

    LESLIE: Have you seen it? Do – can you tell us what it looks like? Or are you just guessing?

    LAURA: Well, in the two bathrooms the (audio gap) floor is visible where you can see it right now and in the storage room. And they look sort of dull. I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried every single cleaner I could possibly imagine on them to try to get them to look right but still haven’t …

    TOM: No, they need to be rebuffed.

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Mm-hmm.

    TOM: You know, terrazzo’s just gorgeous. I’ve actually seen terrazzo made and it’s a lot of work to make that and there’s a lot of steps involved. And if the finishes are getting worn and grimy and dirty, it has to be abraded and then it has to be rebuffed. So this is something that you might not want to do yourself because you’ve already seen how frustrating it can be. But if it’s done right, it’s going to come up and it’s going to look gorgeous. And you basically need to have the right tools and the right equipment to sort of grind down or abrade down or sand down the surface until you can get to some new material and then kind of bring it back up again. But if it’s structurally in good shape, then I see no reason to do that.

    LESLIE: Oh and it would be such an addition to the price of your home …

    TOM: Oh, yeah.

    LESLIE: … because terrazzo floors are gorgeous.

    TOM: Absolutely.

    LESLIE: And if you’ve got them protected underneath that carpet pad and under that rug, it really should just be the buffing to restore it.

    TOM: So Laura, it’s not cleaning; it’s buffing and it’s bringing it back up that way. OK?

    LAURA: Sounds great.

    TOM: Alright, Laura. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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