We have a house with terrazo floors throughout, however the previous owner put carpet down over the terrazo. There are carpet adhesive swirls and tack strips left after the carpet removal. A flooring company told us that the adhesive would ‘eat’ thru the terrazo and even if we got the adhesive up that we would still ‘see’ the swirls. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to best remove the adhesive? I am hoping to be able to remove the adhesive and give the floor a good buff and seal. I’m not looking for brand new floors…I would just like to save the terrazo if possible and not have to tile it. Money is factor and we were quoted $9/sqft more for the terrazo restore vs. tile. Any help would be appreciated.
I believe some of the info you received is incorrect. Terrazzo is a stone/masonry product and I don’t think that the adhesive could “eat through” it. However, it probably is permanently stained by the adhesive. Additionally, where the tack strips were nailed into the terrazzo you will have holes chipped out. My guess is the terrazzo is no longer useable as a finished floor surface.