Whether it is repairing floor irregularities, laying parquet, flooring, vinyl floors, carpets, cork tiles, laying a new ceramic floor on top of another, you must always use leveling paste for proper installation of a new floor.
How to apply leveling paste step by step:
We must first check the condition of the old soil before applying the leveling paste.
If the floor is made of ceramic tiles, stoneware or tiles, we will use a rubber pot to check that they are all fixed, if not, we will fix them.
If the floor is made of wood, we will install the nails so that none protrude.
If the floor is cement and has small cracks, we will scrape them with a spatula and clean them with a metal brush. If the cracks on the floor are too thick, we will repair them with cement.
If the floor is painted, we will check if the paint adhered well. If not, we will lift it by removing or sanding so that the leveling paste adheres properly.
Once we make sure that the old floor on which we are going to apply the leveling paste has the right adhesion and hardness and that it is clean and dry, we can now apply the leveling paste.
The materials needed to apply the leveling paste are:
– Leveling paste. Depending on the brand, the approximate price is € 25 for each 25 kg bag.
– Bucket, suitcase or esportón for making the mixture.
– Masonic spatula.
-Blender. No need to buy one, it can be rented by the day or by the hour.
All of these materials and tools can be purchased at DIY and decorating stores or department stores like Leroy Merlin.
How to prepare a leveling paste.
Pour the leveling paste into a bucket, add water and mix the mixture with a blender, or if you don’t, paddle until it becomes a smooth, creamy paste, neither too thick nor too runny, and let the paste stand for 5 minutes.
When 5 minutes of rest have elapsed, little by little we pour in the leveling paste, always starting from the corner of the floor, so that it spreads. We will take special care to get into the holes, cracks and imperfections on the old floor.
We regularly spread the paste with a spatula to level the surface, and with the help of a leveling tape we level the height of the leveling paste.
Once all the floor has been leveled, we must let the leveling paste dry for at least 48 hours (or as the leveling paste manufacturer advises) before laying a new floor whatever it is. And before we set it, we need to check that the paste is completely dry, hard and free of cracks or imperfections. After we finish this last procedure, we can install a new floor, be it vinyl, flooring, new tiles, cork tiles, carpet or any other floor.