Can Terrazzo that has been Covered with Tile be Restored?

In day to day dealings with people who have tile over their terrazzo, often times people ask me “Can terrazzo that has been covered with tile be restored?”. The truth is, most terrazzo floors that have had tile over them can be restored into a beautiful, long lasting and shiny terrazzo floor. We have restored hundreds of terrazzo floors that have, at one time or another, had tile over them. In most cases, tile can be effectively removed without damaging the floor. The problems we see after the tile is removed from terrazzo include:



Ghosting occurs when ceramic tile smothers the terrazzo underneath, causing moisture to be unable to escape the floor. This shows up as a somewhat circular pattern under the grout lines. Often times, this can be eliminated with heavy grinding. Sometimes that moisture can take weeks or even months to escape, but will almost always disappear with time.

Grid Pattern

Another problem which often occurs is a grid pattern on the floor which occurs under the grout. It is caused by staining from the grought itself or because of dirt travelling through the grought to the terrazzo whenever the tile floor is mopped. Again, one of the best treatments for this is heavy grinding. We also treat the floor after the tile is removed and during restoration with a bleaching agent. This will almost always correct the problem, although, a small light grid pattern that may remain will usually disappear within a few weeks.

Damage from Chipping Hammers


Often times, when a chipping hammer is used to remove tile from terrazzo, scars and marks are left in the floor. Sometimes they can me ground out while other times, they must be filled with an aggregate and a binder to match the existing terrazzo floor.

Almost any terrazzo floor can be restored, even if it has ghosting, a grid pattern, or damage from chipping hammers. You can email us at  or call us at (877) 824-0501.

How Does Safe Dry Exceed Your Expectations


Safe Dry has taken the time to train and grow, so we have the knowledge to tackle every job


We do all the work at Safe Dry Terrazzo Restoration and do not hire any subcontractors or subcontract any work out.


We are an IICRC Certified Firm. That means we have been trained and conform to the guidelines of the IICRC


The company owner spent 23 years in the US Army and understands how important standards are to any company.


Safe Dry has spent much time studying and applying proper terrazzo restoration techniques. We have tested hundreds of systems in order to know we will produce the best looking floors possible.


We use HTC tools and equipment on our jobs. HTC is the leader in the polishing equipment field.

“Safe Dry wins the 2009 Super Service award from Angie’s list.”


This award is given to less than five percent of the superior rated companies on Angie’s List. We are proud to display our Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2009 on our web site. Every company will tell you they are the best. At Safe Dry we strive to be the very best terrazzo restoration company. Just saying you are the best is meaningless. At Safe Dry we work hard to get the job done right so our customers will say we are the best. We have an A rating with Angie’s List. Please give us a call so we can prove to you that we will give you the best job possible.




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Proper terrazzo repair takes years to learn. If you have ever seen a repair in terrazzo
flooring that used white epoxy and colored markers or paint you know what we are
talking about. At Safe Dry Terrazzo Restoration we color match epoxy to your terrazzo floor. We never use markers or paint. We carry over seventy colors and sizes of rocks to get the best match possible. Check out the holes, marked using a pen as a pointer, on our blog site. Click on the image to the right to go to our blog site.