A floor leveler is often needed when laying a carpet or installing other floor coverings like ceramic/vinyl tiling. The main purpose of floor leveler is to make the underlayment more uniform. The underlayment often has seams and cervices that can hamper the uniformity of the flooring surface. Floor leveler is essentially a liquid compound, often referred to as a floor-leveling compound. To use the floor leveler in a more judicious manner, please use the following tips.
Getting Started with Care
Ensure that you protect yourself with proper protective clothing in the form of rubber gloves. Always properly clean the floor before coating it with the leveler. The presence of any kind of debris can interfere with bonding of the floor-leveling compound. Before applying the compound, sand and smooth the rough spots. Ensure that you sweep-away the debris created from sanding.
Applying Floor Leveling Compound
Use a flat-edge trowel for spreading the leveling compound. This is the best way to ensure that there is no excessive build-up of the compound. The floor leveling compound tends to thicken very soon upon mixing with water. To avoid this, mix the compound according to the packaged instructions, using a spatula and apply it quickly.
Proper Drying of Floor Leveling Compound
Always allow the floor leveling compound to dry completely before proceeding further with installing any overhead material. Most leveling compounds take about 5 hours to dry completely. You can further sand and smooth any unruly spots on the dried floor leveler.