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Remove Old Linoleum Floor or Cover It Up?

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    LESLIE: Mindy in Kentucky is on the line and has a flooring question. How can we help you with your project?

    MINDY: Yes. We have a really hideous linoleum floor in our kitchen that’s actually been in the house since we bought it. And of course, it’s starting to peel up and there’s actually other linoleum under it. And actually, I’m really afraid to dig any deeper to see how many levels might be on it.

    I was just wondering, is it worth the time and effort and possible extra cost to just take everything up?

    TOM: Do you have a dishwasher in that kitchen?

    MINDY: No, we do not. I’d love to have one but I do not have one, no.

    TOM: Well, the reason I ask you is because if you don’t take up the old floor, you’d end up sort of sealing in the dishwasher and it’s hard to remove it after that.

    I mean generally speaking, I’m an advocate of taking up the old flooring, because I think it’s kind of sloppy to put new layers over the old but I can see if it’s difficult to get it out or for budget reasons that you don’t want to go in that direction. But I would recommend you take it up if you can.

    MINDY: OK. OK. Alright. Well, I really appreciate that. Thank you very much.

    TOM: You’re welcome, Mindy. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
     

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