Odor Coming From Chipboard Flooring

We had intended to lay a laminate floor in our dining room which includes an under stair cupboard previously used for storage. We laid plywood over the old chipboard floor with PVA and screws. Since then we have been getting an unpleasant odor from the cupboard area but nothing from any of the rest of the floor. We have now lifted the plywood in the cupboard to try and find the source of the smell. We have sealed the area with PVA but still the smell occurs.

The only thing that had happened sometime in the past was that some cider was spilled in this cupboard. Would this have re-acted with the chipboard flooring? What can we do to get rid of this odor? Until we do, we cannot proceed to lay any new flooring. Any help would be appreciated.


Bill from Gloucester, England


October 9, 20080 found this helpful

When we pulled up our living room rug to put in laminate we discovered that our cats accidents still made the sub-floor smell. Our installer said he comes across this problem often and that we should paint the whole sub-floor with Kilz, It is very thick and takes a while to put on, but this solved the problem completely and we now are enjoying our new Pergo flooring.

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