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Restoring Marmoleum

I ripped up carpeting in both of my daughters rooms, to discover marmoleum flooring underneath. :D It looks really cool, but it's filthy and has some sort of adhesive on it. I have tried bleaching it, but it just didn't get the grime out of it. I've never worked with marmoleum before, I've considered stripping and sanding, but I'm not sure what the outcome would be if I tried this. There are flecks of ****ish and blue dots in the pattern, similar to what you see in offices or schools, it looks professional.

The floor color itself, is a whitish/grey color. I would really wish to restore the marmoleum I don't mind using elbow grease, but I would like to do it as inexpensively as possible. (carpeting pulled up, because we had a pipe leak we didn't know about, and we have already had to replace so much do to this). Plus, the benefit of marmoleum over carpeting in Florida, is a benefit, not to mention the chalk dust my 6 year old accumulates from her chalk board wall and easel and my teenagers carpet smelling like teenager grossness. (BIG PLUS :p).

Anyway, I've done a lot of google searches on the restoration and cleaning of marmoleum, and I keep seeing various process' and different applications, from stripping to sanding. They all seem to contradict each other on the proper way to restore it. I believe, if I can get whatever adhesive this is off of the floor, I will be able to do a lot. So far, I haven't had any luck removing it. It almost looks like a black tar. The adhesive is dry. It may be liquid nails, but I'm just not sure. Any Ideas would be appreciated. Please take into account, that I am a novice in this area. :confused:

Thanks in advance for the advice!

P.S. Edit I'm not sure why **** is doing this g old

Re: Restoring Marmoleum

First you have to be specific on what you want to do. Keep all options on the table.

Now here is the thing: if you decide to restore what you have, but you don't know how to do it exactly, you may end up spending more on labor and materials than what a new floor would have cost you. You don't want that situation to happen to you.

Next, ask yourself why somebody carpeted over the marmoleum. Was there water damage?

IMHO, saving on labor/cleaning materials and covering with new a floor will give you better looking results, and who knows? maybe for the same money.

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