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Suitable smoothing compound required

Coving the vinyl up a pre-existing terrazzo coved skirt

Existing curved skirting and walls


With the work being undertaken at the hospital we needed to be sure that the smoothing compound we used would be protein and casein free for use in what are biologically sensitive areas. We also need to ensure that the smoothing compound we selected would be suitable to bond to the existing terrazzo floor.

We selected Bostik Low Odour smoothing compound which is totally protein and casein free, is suitable for most sub floor types including terrazzo, and is also, as the name suggests a low odour product making it ideal for this installation. We mechanically abraded the terrazzo floor to remove any surface contaminates and primed the surface with Bostik’s Universal Primer. We then applied a 3mm coat of Bostik’s Low Odour smoothing compound creating a smooth surface for the new vinyl floor coverings.

We were tasked with coving the vinyl up the existing skirting which had curved external corners.  In nearly all installations external corners are 90 degrees and would require particular skill on behalf of the fitter to ensure that the finish was good. The fitter installed Polyflor Prestige 2mm sheet vinyl and welded all the seams. We put one of our most experienced fitters on this project to deal with the curved corners and as can be seen in the photographs he did an excellent job which the hospital and the builder were very pleased with.

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