Terrazzo floors have been around for centuries – possibly dating back to the Egyptians. Terrazzo floors are created when concrete is mixed with colorant and granite, glass or marble chips, which provide color and shine. This is poured, then ground and sealed. In the past, this type of flooring included a coating that was easy to scratch and needed frequent waxing and buffing to maintain its appearance and shine. However, about 30 years ago, schools and government buildings were looking for better options because they no longer had the budget to keep up with constant maintenance. It was discovered that terrazzo floors can be mechanically polished, which provides a hard, shiny surface that does not need buffed or waxed.