Patching Up a Concrete Floor
April 20, 2018
Holes and cracks in cement are very common. They can be caused by a number of factors but even then, the most important thing is to know how to patch up the concrete. Fixing cracks or holes in the cement floor is often more complicated than just pouring wet cement and flattening out the surface. If you are dealing with holes more than 1 inch deep, you will need to do some prep work on the surface and get the right hardwood flooring San Diego mix to do the job.
Here are a few simple steps you can explore to patch up these holes:
Use a Cold Chisel and a Hammer
As part of the prep work needed to fix cracks and holes in the cement surface, you will need to level up the surface. Put the chisel at the bottom of the hole and try to undercut the sides as gently as you can. This will allow the patch to hold better. Vacuum the hole if possible and clean it using a wire brush and water. Use a dry cloth or paper to wipe off the area. Once it’s dry, apply the cement bonding liquid. You can buy the liquid in your local hardware store.
Mix the flooring San Diego
As the bonding liquid dries up after application, go ahead and start mixing up the course cement with water. Once the cement is properly mixed, scoop it up using a trowel and place it into the hole. Try and press it against the edges and on the corners. Once the corners and edges are properly filled, go ahead and fill up the entire hole. Press using a towel until the mixture is fully compacted.
Level the Patch
The last step is leveling up the patch. Use a straight edge board to do this. The board must be at least one foot longer than the total width of the hole. Move the board back and forth in a sawing motion until the hole is leveled up. The surface will now start to lose its wet sheen, and it will be firmer to the touch. It’s now time to smoothen it out. Use a wood or magnesium trowel to do the job. Move the trowel slowly in order to blend the patch edges with the entire surface.
In order to achieve the perfect results, you can use a steel trowel on the final stages of smoothening. However, if you don’t have one, the aluminum towel will still deliver good results. Once the patch is smoothened out, give it at least 24 hours to dry before walking on it. However, this will depend on the weather. The patch will take longer to cure on cooler climates compared to warmer weather. If you live in a colder climate, you might need more than 24 hours for the San Diego flooring to dry up.