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07:37PM | 12/17/13
Okay so I'm working on a house that has linoleum from the 1970's maybe the 80's and so far I cannot get it up. I've tried a couple of times with different methods but its all be no good. Any suggestions or ideas to help getting the gross stuff off?

David, Moderator

10:42PM | 12/17/13
Member Since: 11/15/13
264 lifetime posts
Hey, I feel for you. I have been in that situation. This old flooring is usually installed directly on wood or fiber board underlayment which makes it very difficult to remove. It's a little tough to recommend a solution without actually seeing the condition of the existing floor.

You don't mention what type of new floor you are installing, so I will give a few suggestions.
1) Laminate floor:level out bad areas with a feather leveling compound. Install laminate floor over existing floor.
2)Ceramic tile : Install cement board underlayment over existing floor and install ceramic.
3)Vinyl or self sticking : Remove any loose or bubbled areas. Clean floor with a non oily cleaner to remove dirt and dust.
Trowel a very thin coat of a feathering leveling compound to fill in any seams, cracks or bare areas. After the compound sets up, use a trowel to knock down any ridges in the compound.
Another option is install a 1/4" luan underlayment.
This was a little lengthy but I wanted to cover all possibilities.
I have tried many different approaches and have not found a way to entirely remove the floor without damaging the floor underneath.

I hope this was helpful
Good luck
David : Bob Vila Moderator

David, Moderator

01:43PM | 01/16/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
264 lifetime posts
Hey! how's it going?
Just a little note on plywood versus luan.
Several years ago I was laying a vinyl floor as part of a kitchen install for a home improvement center.
Instead of sending the normal luan, they sent the 1/4" recommended plywood.
When I questioned then, they said that's what manufacturers were recommending.
Each sheet contained several football inlay patches. Just to be on the safe side I skimmed over with filler and sanded smooth.
The vinyl was I believe Armstrong, it was over 1/6" thick. The cushy type that showed marks from chairs.
Two days later I noticed that every football was showing through the vinyl. Customer was not happy, to say the least.
Needless to say, from that point on I only used luan and have never had any problem.
Unless they changed that process, I would never use again.
Maybe it was just a freak thing, I don't
Thanks for participating


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