The industry of surface preparation is currently widening its limits. An increasing number of manufacturers and contractors are engaging in this field. Restoring an old, concrete floor is one of the services that a surface preparation company performs. However, if the damage on the concrete floor is just small, the owners can easily repair or restore it with just a few steps.
It is imperative to consider the money spent and the time saved in the restoration of your floor. If you want to spend money and save time, you can consult and approach any of the surface preparation contractors. Nevertheless, if you want to save money and spend a little of your time, then you can do the restoration on your own.
In some unique cases, instead of repairing the damage on the floor, owners patch it up with some rugs or carpets. This may seem to save both money and time but it gets dangerous at the end of the day. People might trip on the covered holes and bang their heads on the floor. Instead of covering the holes with carpets, try repairing it yourself with these easy steps on restoring your concrete floors.
- Identify the scope of the problem- the first step in restoring a concrete floor is to determine the scope and limitations of the problem. You have to observe carefully on the situation in order to determine other possible problems that may have occurred. Determining these problems will help you to plan the right action to correct and avoid these from happening.
- Determine the length and the width of the hole- the next step is to start measuring the length and the width of the hole using a ruler. Then, measure the depth of the hole and try to approximate the possible volume needed for the cement mixture.
- Chip on the surface- start the restoration process by chipping on the surface using any sharp chipping equipment. You integrate a cement nail into a pipe, which will serve as a handmade chipping tool. The chipped surface will serve as a bond to the majority of the concrete and prevent the fixed area from cracking again.
- Clean the debris after chipping on the surface- It is important to clean the area to make the surface solid. This will help the cement to adhere firmly to the concrete floor.
- Mix the cement- the proportion or ratio of cement to sand or gravel is 1:2.5. Make sure to properly measure the amount to ensure maximum strength in the mixture
- Add latex to the mixture- latex is one bonding agent that will help in making the mixture stiff and in increasing its plastic consistency.
- Wet the area of damage- to prevent the mixture from immediately drying and to make sure that the mixture adheres, dampen the area to which you will apply the mixture. Avoid flooding the area for it will change the moisture of the mixture.
- Scoop the mixture using a pointed trowel.
- Level the cement using the trowel.
- Use a finishing trowel after it becomes stiff.
- Clean your tools.