How to Smooth a Floor Before Installing Tiles

Adult worker with protective mask remove glue and rubber with putty knife from floor
Need to fix an uneven floor? First, remove the adhesive. (DepositPhotos)

Here’s a question from our 5/11/2019 Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.

Janet from New Hampshire says, “I recently removed a stained, overstretched, ugly-colored carpet from the bedroom of our newly purchased house.
I removed all the staples and the edge strips because I do not want to carpet — I’m considering tiles.

“Apparently, there had been another carpet with foam backing that had been glued to the floor prior to the carpet I removed. The floor is fairly level and is plywood. There are some gouges and unevenness that need fixing.

“What should I use to do this? Do I need to remove all the glued-on foam rubber or can I just scrape the heaviest residue and proceed from there?
Thank you for any advice you can offer.”

We say get the floor smooth before adding the vinyl tiles. Janet can look into using a scraper to clear out the floor.

Listen to the embedded audio clip for the complete segment!

Read the blog from the 5/11 show and listen to the full broadcast here


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