Preparing the Floor for A Smooth Finish with Self-leveling Compound
Preparing the floor before pouring the self-leveling compound is of the utmost importance in achieving the perfect flooring finish. If done correctly the end result will be a level, smooth surface, ready to be laid with tiles or planks. Following these steps should make the preparation process a simple and straightforward one.
First, any debris, such as dust and dirt, should be cleared up as much up as possible. A shop vacuum is the most efficient method for quickly removing large amounts of debris. Once all the debris has been removed, the floor should be inspected for any irregularities, such as screw or nail heads that may have forced their way up. If these are found, the screws or nails should be removed and replaced with new ones.
Next, you’ll need to section off a small area of the floor to practice on. You should use the smallest amount of self-leveling compound possible in order to get used to using it. Once the compound is mixed with water, you have a limited amount of time in which to work before it becomes hard and unusable, so practice is necessary.
Finally, make sure the area you’re working on is well ventilated. This is because the fumes of the compound can be hazardous, so the room should be ventilated with an open window or fan. If you are using a latex compound, make sure you are wearing protective gear, such as masks and gloves.
Once the floor is prepared, and your safety gear is in place, you are ready to mix the self-leveling compound according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and pour it over the floor. Make sure you choose one designed to match the flooring you plan to use. The mixture should be applied to the floor with either a trowel or a special leveling spatula.
When the mixture is dry, use a level to create crosshatch patterns. This will help ensure that the floor is properly leveled. Finally, once the floor is completely dry, the tiles or planks can be laid over it and the project is complete.
By following these steps, the preparation of the floor before pouring the self-leveling compound should be a stress free task. Taking the time to thoroughly clean the floor beforehand, and practice with the self-leveling compound will allow you to get a professional finish.