Concrete kitchen floor preparation


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Old 07-21-08, 02:13 PM
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Concrete kitchen floor preparation

Hi there!

I live in a 3rd floor concrete condo and I would like to have a stained concrete floor in the kitchen.

I recently removed the ceramic tile (and thinset) in the kitchen floor. The underlying cement subfloor is relatively smooth, but its not perfect as the jackhammer was not able ot remove 100% of the thinset. In addition, the floor is slightly sloped.

Based on my reading/discussions, I think I should 1) level the floor, then 2) apply a topping mix to cover the small bumps. Is this correct, or is one of these steps redundant?

Thanks ever so much for your insight.
 
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Old 07-21-08, 02:52 PM
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just use portland and water in a paste to level the floor. don't over work it use a rubber sqeege to level it and keep it (the squeege) wet when spreading.

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Old 07-31-08, 07:13 PM
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Yikes. The proper product to use for this application is a self-leveling, topping mix (Ardex SD-T). It sells for $150/50lb bag. Considering that I needed 8 bags, I am reconsidering the project. Thanks for the advice!
 
 

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