Cleaning Terrazzo Countertops: Tips and Mistakes to Avoid

Terrazzo countertops are durable and come in a variety of colors. They are a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Terrazzo is made with cement, marble chips and marble dust. It's a great alternative to marble and is more cost effective. Like any natural stone, special care must be taken when cleaning terrazzo. Occasionally, it will need resealing in order to increase its longevity. For the times in between, it's best to avoid damaging the surface, by choosing the correct cleaning products.

Products to Avoid when Cleaning Terrazzo Countertops

  • Abrasive or gritty cleansers can scratch the surface of Terrazzo.
  • Acid based cleansers will cause damage to natural stone.
  • Although these are natural products, vinegar and lemon juice are acidic, and shouldn't be used to clean terrazzo.
  • Metal and hard plastic scourers should never be used.
  • Soaps and detergents are not recommended because they leave behind a fatty residue.

Tips for Cleaning Terrazzo Countertops

  • Always use a soft cloth when cleaning countertops.
  • Buff with a clean cloth to finish.
  • Do not allow stains to settle; blot and clean them immediately.
  • Use a food safe stone cleaner for best results.
  • Rubbing alcohol is safe for terrazzo and will remove some stains.

Preventative Maintenance

  • Apply stone polish every couple of months to refresh your terrazzo.
  • Reseal every few years.