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Installing Floating Wood Floors

This is my first time remodeling and don't have the slightest clue! I want to install a floating wood floor. I ripped up the old vinyl and carpet and am wondering how clean the subflooring has to be. Should I scrape the old glue and stuff up or can that stay?

Thanks :)

Re: Installing Floating Wood Floors

I'm going to say, "Yes, you need to clean up the floor."

My first reason is the instructions for installing a floating floor at http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/step/0,,1055047_864097,00.html have a newly installed plywood subfloor and they say vacuum the subfloor before you lay down the barrier.

My second reason is just a little common sense. Anything you leave behind will cause abrasion to the barrier, could wear through it and cause damage to your flooring. Or it could cause just enough of a buckle in the board to compromise the joint between boards.

I know it seems like a hassle but you want to do everything you can to ensure the life of your flooring.

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