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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.
What do I do? The flooring pieces say not to put them on top of particle board. The rest of my house has lovely wooden flooring but not this section of the house. Can something be painted over it to seal it and then linoleum or indoor outdoor carpeting put in it? I cannot afford to have a new floor. Advice please?
Thanks so much!
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.
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. Tough and smooth. Make sure the joints are butted well, no gaps.
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.