I have a house that has been a rental for years. The wood floors in one room have been ruined, they are deeply stained, boards have separated, some raised. I'm guessing this is from a tenant's pets. The area was covered with carpeting. I can't possibly afford to get it fixed correctly. I need some sort of solution to make do for right now. My brother suggested putting a thin layer of plywood down to make it look better, and paint it. Or just putting down many layers of a heavy paint to seal in any remaining smells. I can't smell anything now, but I'm sure someone with a more sensitive nose might. It's the living room, I can get more carpeting, I'm just worried, if it's not sealed, that any future tenant with pets, might think it's OK to use that area. If I paint, what type of paint do I use?
I know that you will need to use an odor-blocking primer, no matter what you do...even if you decide to re-carpet the room, those odors will have to be completely sealed or they will come back in humid weather. Carpeting the room would be the cheapest/easiest way to go.
Thanks for the information. I didn't realize there was such a thing as an odor blocking primer. Can you recommend a brand? Is this something I can get at a Lowe's or Menards, or do I need to go to a paint store it find it?
Kilz is the one I have always used. Make sure that it is the blocking primer (high $), they do have a regular primer that wouldn't do you any good at all. My Cousin used some on burned wood in her attic and there is absolutely no smell from it. (This is in Arkansas, where the humidity is 80+% year round)
JuneBug wrote:I know that you will need to use an odor-blocking primer, no matter what you do...even if you decide to re-carpet the room, those odors will have to be completely sealed or they will come back in humid weather. Carpeting the room would be the cheapest/easiest way to go.
Carpeting would be the easiest and most affordable to do. Which way to go,you really have to apply an odor-blocking primer.