I moved into a house which I am buying. I am living alone except for my critters and recently it has been a challenge. A section of square, pre-glued linoleum came loose from the dining room floor. Then several more loosened and came up. Underneath the flooring appears to be particle board?! It has pieces of sawdust material, and when I swept it, the pieces kept loosening.
My sister-in-law has the same problem. She does not have one "do-it-yourself" bone in her body, yet she chose to rip up old carpeting and then apply self-adhesive tile to her particle board floor! We wish she had asked for our input before doing this project. If it were my project I would have thoroughly swept/vacuumed the floor and then painted it with any oil based enamel type paint or polyurethane. It may have needed two coats to seal it well. Then when it was completely dry I would have applied the tiles. In your case......you can buy and use the adhesive that is used for non-adhesive tile. If you brush or vacuum away all the loose particles it should "stick" them securely.
Cover particle board (once vacuumed and clean) with thin (1/4" or more) plywood (luan). this is a general practice for installing new flooring over ANYTHING lumpy bumpy.
Grandma Margie...thank you so much for your timely advice...I will do just as you have suggested. Sincerely, michele
I need help on how to get up particle board. I am laying tile over backer board but floor level is too high with particle board in place. Wow,,..it is tough! Any suggestions?
I currently have the problem with particle board in my house. I have learned that one should never put particle board under carpet. When I had my carpet pulled up to put vinyl flooring down several areas were bumpy and damaged from moisture. I had wondered what the little piles of sand were that I had felt under my carpet once I had purchase a new vacuum. Well it turned out to be little piles of sand from the particle board. I thought my house was being ate up by carpenter ants or something. Well, when the contractors laid the vinyle down they didn't seal the particule board and laid it over the bumps. It looked terrible. My contractor promised me he would make it right and I have another date set up for him to come out and replace the vinyl and put "luion?" subflooring down on top the particle board. The subflooring is 250$. My question is how in the heck do they get the subflooring to stick to the particle board??? I have been told they would have to put tiny screws in around the "luion" every 6 inches and someone else told me they would have a staple it really close together.
Im installing laminate flooring is a room that has particle board... i was told that the particle board must come up but i could not get a reason why... no one knew..