Restoring Historic Terrazzo Floor In Downtown Boston Office Building

If you have terrazzo floors that were installed way ‘back in the day’, then you know that they can handle years of foot traffic and general abuse without cracking or wearing away.

But then again, after a long time, they can look …tired, to say the least. Worn, soiled, dull, and just plain old looking. Maybe the floor has paint drips on it from previous years remodeling, scratches from things being dragged on it and stains and spills that you can’t clean out no matter what you or your cleaning company tries. You might wonder if the terrazzo can ever be revived again so it looks fresh.

Answer: In almost every case, terrazzo can be refinished and look fabulous all over again!

Terrazzo is made of chips of marble embedded in either cement (the old way) or epoxy (the newer way). And marble can be diamond honed, polished and sealed…and cement and epoxy can be diamond honed, polished and sealed. So the whole job is doable as long as you use a contractor who knows marble polishing and concrete polishing.

An example was an old downtown Boston office building with terrazzo floors in the elevator lobby and main hallway of an upper floor. The building was built in 1903, and the original terrazzo was showing its age. The General Contractor called us in while getting the space ready for a new company to move in on one of the upper floors.

A few problems right from the start:

1. Some of the terrazzo had been covered over by thinset cement and ceramic tile on top. Tile had been removed, but thinset cement is very hard to scrape off without damaging the terrazzo
2. Over the years, painters had dropped tons of paint drips and splatters all over the surface – no drop cloths for these ‘craftsmen’!
3. Large heavy objects like appliances had been dragged across the floor, leaving heavy scratches that aren’t always possible to grind out.
4. Grout had corroded in multiple areas, requiring regrouting for a finished look.
5. The construction schedule was a bit behind, so in order to get done on time, we really needed to do this job at night so the construction company could have a full crew working each day with no delay.
6. Oh, and by the way, there was no real running water, so we had to buy bottled water and bring gallons of it up the elevator to wash the floor! (Hey, it’s probably the only floor in town that can claim to be ‘washed in natural Poland Spring Water’!)

The before and after photos are posted above. If you click on each photo, you’ll get a larger screen view so you can see more detail.

We worked nights only, scraped old thinset off, honed the floor, gently removed about 4,932 paint spots (!), regrouted the joints and polished it up to a good shine, ready for business, on time, without causing any delay in the construction schedule and with no extra charges.

If you have a terrazzo floor you’re considering covering over or removing, why not give us a call or fill out the form to get a quote on refinishing it instead? You might save a lot of money and time and retain the original look of your property.

If you’d like to get a quote, you can call us at 617-838-0795 or simply fill out the form below.

Towns where Act One does terrazzo polishing, marble polishing, ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Groveland, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford
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Watertown MA 02472
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Polishing Marble Condominium Lobby for a Boston Commercial Property Manager

Your condominium lobby and common area set the tone for the whole property. If the lobby and hallways convey elegance and style, property values goes up…for you and everyone in the building.

Recently a condo building in Boston contacted us via their property management company. We like working for property managers – they understand the value we can bring to a condominium setting.

After a long renovation, the condominium residents wanted to clean their marble steps and polish the black and white marble at their upper lobby. Photos of before and after are above. (You have to click each image to see the full size photo).

They were so pleased the property manager wrote us a letter of recommendation! Click that image, too, to see what she had to say.

If you manage a condominium building with marble stairs or a marble lobby and you want it honed, cleaned, sealed, repaired or polished, feel free to get in touch with us for a free estimate. We’ll email you a quote, stick to it and make you look good by making the marble look great!

Call 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below to get your quote.

Towns where Act One does marble vanity and counter top polishing, granite polishing, diamond honing, marble honing, ceramic tile cleaning and grout line color sealing, regrouting, tile installation, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Roxbury, South Boston, Dorchester, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thomsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Peperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

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Watertown MA 02472
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Restoration of Historical Tile Floor in Copley Square Boston

You never know what ‘buried treasure’ you’ll find underneath old floors in Boston!

One gentleman in Copley Square was renovating his condominium and discovered that the cheap carpeting that had been thrown down all over his unit was actually hiding an old floor, a very old floor.

In fact, this floor was so old it had been originally installed when his building had been a hotel to some of Boston’s finest. He wanted to restore it to its former state, but due to age and being covered with thick old carpet glue, it was a real project to get it clean and refinished!

We had to actually use paste paint remover to get the blackened glue off the face of the tile and grout along with a LOT of scrubbing! We then used a gloss sealer to add a light shine that he wanted. It was missing a few tiles, but he was OK with a bit of imperfection, as long as the majority of the floor looked great.

As a result, he got to have his floors restored to their proper historical state and we got a few nice before and after photos from a job well done.

If you have an old floor or tile or marble surface you’re considering having refinished or restored, give us a call at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below and we’ll see if we can help!

Towns where Act One does ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

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Deep Cleaning for Ceramic and Porcelain Tile and Grout Cleaning

We recently completed a project for a family in Winchester that needed help getting a family home ready for sale. The project included some shower regrouting and deep cleaning ceramic tile floor in a large bathroom.

The floor grout had originally been white, but over time, wear and tear had made the grout dull and soiled. Getting it clean is not just a matter of mopping at this point.

We used alkaline and acid based cleaning agents and a machine scrubbing process that gets out even ground in dirt from old grout. As a result, the house was ready for the realtor to show and looked great, at a reasonable budget.

If you would like ceramic tile or marble floors cleaned and grout replaced or cleaned, give us a call at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below the photos and we’ll be happy to get you a quote ASAP.

Towns where Act One does ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

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Need Tile Repair in Eastern Massachusetts? Want Your Floor to Look This Good When it’s Done?

Recently a fairly famous local restaurant called us for a ‘semi-emergency’ tile repair and refinishing. They’re a local Boston legend in fine dining circles and were nearing the end of their renovation, which had to provide a true ‘first class’ experience.

But one of their dining rooms just wasn’t working out right. The floor was a magnificent old handmade Mexican Saltillo tile. And it had been worn down from foot traffic and needed refinishing. Plus, one tile had come loose and it was not going to be possible to find a suitable replacement – these tiles were somewhat unique in size and color.

Oh, and the job needed to be done by this weekend, as in, done and finished by Monday morning, along with a lot of other tile cleaning, tile repair and general cleaning to make the restaurant look good as soon as possible for an inspection.

If you give this job to someone who doesn’t know any better, he can actually ruin the floor. That’s because Saltillo is soft and can dissolve under heavy abrasion. Literally disintegrate!

So we used strong but safe cleaning liquids, minimal abrasion and commercial strength floor finish along with some hand scrubbing and TLC. Results? Monday morning the floor was ready to host a party and easily passed inspection.

If you have a Mexican handmade Saltillo tile floor or any tile you need repaired in the Boston/Cambridge/Eastern Massachusetts area, feel free to call us at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below for a free price quote. We’ll take your work seriously!

Towns where Act One does marble polishing, granite polishing, diamond honing, marble honing, ceramic tile cleaning and grout line color sealing, regrouting, tile installation, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront,Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton,Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thomsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Peperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Refinishing and Color Sealing Boston Hotel Slate Floors

Recently we completed a challenging project refinishing the stone floor of a large hotel lobby and dining area. The stone was not marble – it was a slate that was smooth on the surface, unlike some of the rough texture slate tiles.

The main problem was that the grout lines had not been installed correctly, so the grout color was inconsistent. In order to fix the situation, a previous contractor had done a colorsealing job on the grout lines, but it had not covered the grout uniformly. So the grout had a patchy, inconsistent look. NOT what you want in the main lobby of a hotel!

This is a close up of the grout they didn’t like and the overall look in a corner:

Boston Hotel Lobby Floor Before Colorseal Close Up Discolored Grout

Boston Hotel Lobby Floor Before Colorseal Close Up Discolored Grout

 

Boston Hotel Lobby Slate Floor Before Color Sealer

Boston Hotel Lobby Slate Floor Before Color Sealer

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