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The Pitfalls: Potential Dangers of Entrusting Janitorial Staff with Your Terrazzo Flooring

Terrazzo floors are celebrated for their enduring beauty, but their maintenance requires precision and expertise. While having janitorial staff maintain your terrazzo floor may seem like a cost-effective solution, it’s crucial to be aware of potential dangers that could outweigh the perceived savings. Let’s delve into the risks associated with relying solely on janitorial staff for the care of your terrazzo flooring.


  1. Lack of Terrazzo-Specific Expertise: Terrazzo floors demand specialized knowledge and understanding of their unique characteristics. Janitorial staff, though proficient in general cleaning practices, may lack the expertise required to handle terrazzo. This deficiency in knowledge can lead to unintentional damage, such as the use of abrasive cleaners that scratch the surface or improper cleaning techniques that compromise the integrity of the flooring.
  1. Use of Harsh Cleaning Products: Terrazzo floors have specific cleaning requirements, and using the wrong cleaning products can be detrimental. Janitorial staff might inadvertently choose cleaners that contain acidic or abrasive components, causing etching, discoloration, or damage to the terrazzo. The cost of repairing such damage can far exceed the savings initially envisioned by opting for janitorial maintenance.
  1. Insufficient Maintenance:
    Terrazzo floors often feature intricate metal strips lines that require meticulous attention. Janitorial staff may not have the tools or knowledge to properly clean and maintain the metal strips leading to discoloration, deterioration. Neglecting proper maintenance can result in costly repairs or the need for a complete restoration.
  1. Overlooking Sealing Requirements:
    Terrazzo floors benefit from periodic sealing to protect against stains and moisture penetration. Janitorial staff might not be well-versed in the proper sealing techniques or the appropriate frequency of application. Inadequate sealing can leave the terrazzo vulnerable to stains, reducing its aesthetic appeal and potentially necessitating costly professional interventions.
  1. Inconsistent or Insufficient Maintenance Practices:
    The frequency and consistency of maintenance practices are critical for preserving the longevity of terrazzo floors. Janitorial staff may not adhere to a comprehensive cleaning schedule, leading to inconsistent maintenance that leaves the flooring susceptible to wear and deterioration. This inconsistency can result in the need for more frequent and costly repairs.
  1. Limited Understanding of Terrazzo Restoration: If terrazzo floors reach a point where restoration is necessary, janitorial staff may lack the knowledge and skills required for such intricate procedures. Attempting restoration without proper expertise can exacerbate issues, leading to irreversible damage and escalating costs. Professional restoration services are often essential for addressing extensive wear and tear.


While hiring janitorial staff for general cleaning tasks is common, entrusting them with the specialized care of terrazzo flooring carries inherent risks. The potential dangers, including the lack of expertise, use of inappropriate cleaning products, and insufficient maintenance practices, can lead to costly consequences. Investing in professional terrazzo maintenance services ensures that your flooring receives the specialized care it deserves, ultimately safeguarding your investment and avoiding the pitfalls associated with inadequate janitorial care.

Mo Bashar, I.C.E. GB

Facility Care Specialist

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