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Try rubbing it with a rag dipped in Goof Off, it may not get it off quickly, but it won't hurt the floor either. Please post me a message on my board here as to how it worked.…
No PineSol wont damage Terrazzo.
Non-acetone polish remover (or rubbing alcohol) worked great with a cotton ball. For slightly more set-in stains, let it sit for a short time. --- Try toothpaste! Believe …it or not, it works great on removing permanent Sharpie markers. Also try hairspray as an alternative. It took Sharpie ink off hardwood floors, after household cleaners did not work. (NOTE : hairspray and other solvents should be tested somewhere inconspicuous first!) --- "Magic Eraser Pad" removed it (after a half hour's work with other products failed). It was an impressively complete cleaning of multiple sharpie scribbles. Normally you would expect to have to sand the wood and restain it. The Magic eraser product costs about $1.50 each, retail. Note - Toothpaste and eraser pads work on abrasion, so be careful you don't take off too much of the finish. --- One product Sharpie itself recommends is Amodex Ink and Stain Remover. Its specialty is removing ink from clothes and fabrics (which is very difficult), so it removes Sharpie from wood and similar surfaces with little or no trouble. The product is a liquid soap, so you just pour a little on the stain, let it sit for a bit, and then wipe it away. The product works by "lifting" the dye of the Sharpie from the wood surface, so the ink will be in the soap that you wipe off.
Answer I would use ice cubes for the glue and toilet bowl cleaner for the yellow stain Depending on the stain there are different steps. But I will assume that you… are talkin about the stain from the glue. You can take a stripper to the floor to remove the glue. From there you will need to either polish it or wax it. If it is a high traffic area I would not suggest waxing. As this will need to be done often. The more wax you apply the worse it will be to strip it later and do it the right way. The process for polishing it is rather easy. You do need to know some basics though. How to run a floor machine or as most people call it a buffer. They have these relatively new pads that make the process easier than it was in the past. HTC makes a brand called TWISTER. They are diamond embedded. Basically you start with your red pad then white then yellow then green. They can be used dry but it is better to do it wet. Cuts down on the dust and does give it a better finish in the end. Obviously it is harder than it sounds from reading this so getting a professional involved may be your best option.
Terrazo is basical a cement floor with a high polish, you can scrape pretty agressivly and you can use paint remover, wont hurt the terrazzo
Composition: The floor consists of an under layer of cement concrete in ratio of 1:2:4(1 part of cement: 2 parts of coarse sand: 4 parts of graded stone aggregate 12.5 mm nom…inal size). Its thickness depends on size of marble chips used. Under Layer Cement concrete mixture should be used for under layer. The panels should be of uniform size. In exposed situations, length of any side of the panel should not be more than 1.25m. Terrazzo RestorationA terrazzo floor is the same as any concrete slab with a few exceptions. It is often placed over a concrete slab in a thin layer, from a half to three quarters of an inch in thickness. It is seeded with with colored marble chips on the surface while the mix is fresh, and the chips are seated in during the floating or troweling process. After the mixture hardens, the polishing process begins. Large floor grinding machines using diamond chip impregnated cutters polish the surface in steps from coarse to fine. You now have a beautiful terrazzo floor, but highly susceptible to staining. Most contractors place one or two layers of sealers on the finish but this is not enough. In a school system where I performed this installation, we had to take great precautions to protect the floors. Then, upon occupying, the school personnel stripped off the sealer and applied multiple layers of floor wax per manufacturer's recommendations. Therefore, in order to restore a terrazzo floor one must first strip and clean all waxes, sealers, dirt and grime. Then you have to consider whether repolishing the surface will remove stains and imperfections which sometimes penetrate very deep into the surface. Then, if repolishing won't do it, you must consider removing the floor and reinstalling it. But before I did that, I would aggressively clean the surface and then do a proper job putting down layers of floor wax. Often the sheen from this procedure, especially after a thorough cleaning of the old floor, will conceal most imperfections. See the related link(s) listed below for more information:
I used to put a layer of paper towels down on the stain, then drip bleach straight from the bottle on the towels until the towels were soaked all the way through. Let them sit… on the floor for about 5-10 minutes then wipe them up.
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Answer goo be gone can be bought at the grocery store -read the back of the plastic bottle-i know it will remove rust but you need to see if wood floors are inc…luded or exclued. i hope goo be gone works for you try a small amount at a time and see how effective it is good luck
Cleaning terrazzo floors Traditionally known as Strip, Seal and Wax. Terrazzo is two parts marble chips in one part portland cement, 5/8" thick and ground to an 80 grit …finish. Wax and acrylic finishes have been used to seal and gloss terrazzo for the last 50 years. For the past ten years a new improved more environmental friendly process has been developed. No need for any type of sealent, polishing to the original stone finish looks feels and cleans better then the traditional strip seal and wax method. To get more information on this process and service visit boylanmarblerestoration.com we eliminate all the steps to come. Removing the old finish is the first step. Floor strippers (strong detergents) are available in hardware stores, janitorial supplys and tool rental outlets where you may rent floor scrubing machines along with all the accessories. Once the floor has been stripped, you will find stains that require more attention. A strong hydrogen peroxide will bleach organic and mineral stains. The most available source is your local salon or beauty supply. Purchase 40 volume cream developer used for bleaching hair. The peroxide must sit on the stain 8 hours for best results. Try a few test spots. Peroxide will not remove the oil based stains from petrolium products; carpets, pads and adhesives. If you are removing carpets, do not pull the tackstrip nails or drive them into the floor. In most cases, the nails are aluminum and will sheer off with a hammer and sharp chisle. Steal nails must be cut off using a grinder with a thin blade. Resealing and waxing by mopping on four thin coats of acrylic finish will give you a good foundation. Now you will be cleaning the finish not the floor. Use cleaners sparingly. Periodicly, remove the top coat and reapply another thin coat.
Cat urine stains will generally make the oak floor a darker color than the surrounding floor. To remove the stain, soak up any remaining urine if it is still fresh. Soak a… cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and gently dab on the stain. Let dry and repeat until the stain is gone and the floor restored to original color.
I have spoken to a builder friend about this as we are wanting to remove our old terrazzo floor in the bathroom. He said you would need to jackhammer it out.... i am a l…ittle hesitant as the bathroom is on the 2nd floor of our home with hardwood floors beneath.. i have time to spend on it as we have another functional bathroom in the house, so i am planning on using a hammer and chisel to get it up.....
How do you remove carpet tacking nails from the terrazzo floor without breaking the surface of the floor?
In order to retain terrazzo and minimize damage - I'm about to try this method as interpreted from Ross of Home Depot South Tampa: After removing the soft wood portion o…f the tacking strip away from the nails without disturbing the nails, (A) then clamp the nail with one of a variety of pliers available and gently to moderately forceful, twist each nail in place until the nail is loosened so that it can be pulled directly vertically without chipping or breaking the terrazzo/marble. Then fill nail hole with appropriate adhesive-filling is optional depending on desired appearance. (B) In some cases the nail may break, the remedy then is to cut the nail flush at floor level with special pliers (maybe $10) and then grind down (dremel) the nail flush to the floor and leave in place. The snap cutting of all the nails and grinding could avoid the twist method and minimize floor chipping and whole filling. Whichever method, it may be difficult to avoid some terrazzo chipping which may be cured by applying a selected sealant/adhesive, consider color and hardness desired. Start in an undesirable corner - thoughtful trial & error is progress and refinement.
You can use strippers and or aggresively grind the surface. The matrix of the terrazzo is a resin and strippers will usually not affect it. When putting something on a s…urface it is always a good idea to try it in an incospicuous area to make sure it will not harm it. Grinding may be a job for a professional but if you have expierence then it is rather easy.
Unfinished hardwood floor easily absorbs moisture. To remove mortar stain on it, blot the stain with dry towel and sprinkle affected area with baking soda. Dip brush in wh…ite vinegar and scrub the stained area.
Vinyl is a very porous material. Unfortunately, this means that there is no way to remove the yellow stains without causing damage to the floor.
Some good tips for removing stains in a floor carpet include gently blotting the stain. Other tips are using a mixture of white vinegar, dawn dish soap and water.