Terrazzo tiles are renowned for their beauty, durability, and versatility, making them a popular choice for various spaces. To maintain their stunning appearance and ensure long-lasting performance, proper cleaning and sealing are essential. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of effectively cleaning and sealing your terrazzo tiles, allowing you to preserve their elegance and functionality for years to come.


Terrazzo tiles used in specific environments, such as around saltwater pools or seaside residences, require extra protection. We recommend using Spirit Premium Consolidator for complete consolidation and protection. This consolidator can be applied through methods like spraying, brushing, microfiber applicator, or dip sealing to ensure thorough coverage. If you need more information on stone consolidation, don’t hesitate to reach out to Spirit Sealers for expert guidance.

In cases where Spirit Premium Consolidator is not used, Spirit Pre Seal serves as an excellent alternative. Applying Spirit Pre Seal before laying the tiles adds water resistance, preventing salts from building up within the stone. Additionally, it acts as a grout release, making it ideal for hard-to-grout surfaces and wall pointing.

Pre-Sealing Instructions

For maximum protection, consider pre-sealing at least the face and sides of the terrazzo tiles. For complete coverage, you can dip-seal all six sides of the terrazzo with Spirit Pre Seal. Remember, it’s crucial not to stack drying stones against each other without adequate airflow. Allow the tiles to breathe, and remove any excess sealer within 5 minutes for optimal results. If you have any uncertainties about pre-sealing, feel free to contact Spirit Sealers for expert advice.

Initial Cleaning and Grout Haze Removal

After laying, grouting, and washing the terrazzo tiles, some grout residue or haze may remain. To effectively remove it, follow the recommended cleaning steps. Avoid using acid-based cleaners, as they may cause etching on your terrazzo.

Cleaning Steps:
Sweep and Vacuum: Start by sweeping or vacuuming the area to remove loose debris and dirt from the terrazzo tiles.

Use Spirit Neutral Cleaner: Dilute 20 parts of clean water to 1 part Spirit Neutral Cleaner in a bucket and apply it to the area that needs cleaning. Use a broom to ensure an even distribution of the cleaning solution.

Allow Solution to Sit: Let the cleaning solution sit on the terrazzo for 2-3 minutes. If you notice it drying too quickly, add more cleaner to keep it wet. Clean the tiles in manageable sections.

Scrub with Spirit Doodlebug: Utilize a Spirit Doodlebug, a scouring pad set with a multi-directional head that can be attached to a broom handle, for easy cleaning in hard-to-reach areas.

Rinse and Remove Excess: Remove the cleaning solution with a dense mop and rinse the area thoroughly with clean water. If available, use a wet/dry vacuum for optimal results.

Avoid Acid-Based Cleaners: To prevent etching, refrain from using any acid-based cleaners on your terrazzo. If grout haze persists, a light dilution of Spirit HDC can be used, followed by a rinse with Spirit Neutral Cleaner.

Sealing Terrazzo Tiles

Once the terrazzo tiles are clean and dry, it’s time to proceed with the sealing process. We recommend using a breathable penetrating sealer for long-lasting protection without altering the natural appearance of the stone.

Sealing Steps:

Select the right sealer: For optimal results, choose Spirit Premium Seal as your sealing agent. Spirit NPS and Spirit Water Based Premium Seal are also suitable options.

Test First: Before applying the sealer to the entire surface, perform a test on a spare piece of terrazzo to ensure compatibility and the desired outcome.

Application: Use a Spirit Microfiber Applicator to apply the sealer evenly to the tiles. Apply two coats with approximately one hour of drying time between each coat. Follow the instructions on the sealer’s can or bottle closely for the best results.

Maintenance and Re-Sealing

To keep your terrazzo tiles looking their best and prolong the life of the sealer, proper maintenance is crucial.

Regularly clean the tiles with Spirit Neutral Cleaner to remove dirt and grime.

Periodically clean the tiles every 6-12 months, depending on traffic and wear, with Spirit HDC or Spirit Bright As.

Re-Sealing Considerations:

Weather conditions, harsh cleaning methods using high-pressure cleaners, and overuse of alkaline, acid, or solvent-based cleaners can affect the sealer’s performance and potentially damage the substrate.

Follow the appropriate Spirit Guide for your specific terrazzo substrate to ensure the best protection and longevity of the sealer.


By following these comprehensive steps for cleaning and sealing terrazzo tiles, you can maintain their natural beauty and enhance their durability. At Spirit Sealers, we take pride in providing premium-quality sealers and cleaning products for all your stone and tile surfaces. For personalized guidance or more information on our products, feel free to contact us. Invest in the care of your terrazzo tiles today and enjoy their elegance for many years to come.