Preparing Your Floor For Laytex Flooring

If you’re planning on laying a new laytex flooring or repairing an existing one, then you need a strong, durable surface to bond your chosen flooring to. Liquid latex is a popular choice for achieving this as it’s easy to apply and provides a high-quality, premium finish that’s wear, shrink and abrasion resistant. However, it’s important to ensure that you prepare your floor correctly before applying the compound, as if you get it wrong it can lead to cracking or warping in the future.

To identify areas of unevenness, use a spirit level to compare the floor with other surfaces such as a wall or staircase. This will give you a good idea of how much dip or rise the floor has, which can be helpful when preparing it for a new flooring installation. Liquid latex will work best on floors that aren’t more than 2-3 inches lower than their original level, but it can also be used to fix deeper uneven subfloors if necessary.

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Before you apply the liquid latex, you’ll need to remove any rugs or carpeting and clean the floor. This will make it easier to spot any areas that may require extra preparation, such as removing any old tile or grout, or scraping off carpet glue. Then, you should sweep and vacuum the area to remove any dirt or debris.

If you’re preparing the floor for tiles, you can use Schluter DITRA or a thicker version called DITRA-XL, which is a polyethylene membrane that contains a grid pattern of square cavities. This allows the mortar to anchor within them, preventing it from spreading over the floor. The fleece side of the material is then rolled out over the mortar, and a concrete float or screed trowel is used to press it into the mortar and remove air pockets working from the center toward the edges.