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
262 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


10:05AM | 01/15/14
Member Since: 01/14/14
85 lifetime posts
What do you plan on putting down?
See if there's 1/4" louon under that linoleum. If so can set a ciruler saw to 1/4 depth, cut the flooring into the squares and remove the underlayment and linoleum at the same time.
Still not fun, but easier then removing the linoleum.
Louon has not been excepted underlayment for many years.
It has voids, can cause staining through linoleum and glues to come loose.
Flooring manufacture's now suggest using 1/4 underlayment rated multi ply plywood instead.
Do not use 1/4 plywood if you going to try and lay tile.

David, Moderator

01:43PM | 01/16/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
262 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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