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salvaging kitchen floor (by Mack [PA]) Jan 14, 2019 6:29 PM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by Lenny [OH]) Jan 14, 2019 6:45 PM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by Barb [MI]) Jan 14, 2019 7:07 PM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by NE [PA]) Jan 14, 2019 7:07 PM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by Moe [NY]) Jan 14, 2019 7:21 PM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by DJ [VA]) Jan 14, 2019 9:01 PM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by Ed [CA]) Jan 14, 2019 9:06 PM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by RB [MI]) Jan 15, 2019 1:26 AM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by LindaJ [NY]) Jan 15, 2019 5:03 AM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by fred [CA]) Jan 15, 2019 6:15 AM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by Vee [OH]) Jan 15, 2019 7:33 AM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by Busy [WI]) Jan 15, 2019 10:01 AM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by CX [WA]) Jan 15, 2019 11:01 AM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by Nellie [ME]) Jan 15, 2019 1:36 PM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by RR78 [VA]) Jan 15, 2019 2:47 PM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by Hoosier [IN]) Jan 15, 2019 4:50 PM
       salvaging kitchen floor (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 17, 2019 7:44 PM

salvaging kitchen floor (by Mack [PA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 6:29 PM

We own a beautiful 1940s apartment complex that has several

charming old Congoleum linoleum kitchen floors (which seem to last forever) that most of its tenants have greatly appreciated and cared for....

Accordingly, we were recently disheartened when we found that a tenant who just moved out - had splattered paint drops over her entire kitchen floor during her attempt to paint its ceiling and walls.

Because she probably meant well, we will not be holding her financially responsible. However we are hoping someone out there has a suggestion or two on how to practically solve this challenge.

Thank you

PS Although the individual thousands of tiny paint spots do soften a bit when we micro apply paint remover and scrape each one with an exacto knife, we are hoping we will hear from someone with a better way - before we go stark raving nuts.

salvaging kitchen floor (by Lenny [OH]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 6:45 PM

How about this wild idea?

Dilute the paint remover to 10% and sequentially spread it over the entire entire floor and then mopping it up...until you reach the step where the spots are gone?

Just be fully aware that some of this stuff is highly flammable and very caustic!!!!!!!!!!!

salvaging kitchen floor (by Barb [MI]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 7:07 PM

You might as well figure on kissing that charming and amazingly durable product good bye, and buy a cheap new floor covering.

Yo must realize that that, like with so many other household products on the market today, they are PURPOSEFULLY designed to break down and wear out, so that there will be ever more jobs for our ever expanding population...

salvaging kitchen floor (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 7:07 PM

Use 409. Charge for your time. 1940's flooring? Hmm.

salvaging kitchen floor (by Moe [NY]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 7:21 PM

Regarding the amazing durability of the ORIGINAL Congoleum, we old timers in the trade recall that unlike today's inferior construction, it was absolutely color fast all the way through; and always capable of being regenerated with proper stripping and waxing.

salvaging kitchen floor (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 9:01 PM

"Because she probably meant well"?! NO, NO, NO! Don't justify bad behavior - she absolutely IS responsible financially.

Before giving up on it, I would try liberally spreading paint remover over an area, then scrape with a wider putty knife. Don't know if it will work, but might. Be sure to charge for your time, as well as supplies.

Good luck!

salvaging kitchen floor (by Ed [CA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 9:06 PM

I often use automotive brake-cleaner spray for problems like this. Test it in an inconspicuous spot first and make sure you have lots of ventilation and no pilot lights nearby. If that doesn't do it, try automotive carburetor cleaner spray. Both are available at any auto parts store like Auto-zone, O'Rielly Auto Parts, Kragen, etc... --108.201.xx.xx

salvaging kitchen floor (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 1:26 AM

Ask Sherwin Williams.

salvaging kitchen floor (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 5:03 AM

I use warm vinegar to clean old brushes, maybe that would work. Depending on the size of the area. Try a plastic scrubby, 3m pad. Did this have a good coat of wax on it? Then you might try a wax stripper to dissolve that which will loosen the paint off. I have used straight Krud Kutter on new paint, but paint that has cured is another story.

If the paint sticks that well to it, maybe paint a new and more modern design with stencils.

salvaging kitchen floor (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 6:15 AM

What do you mean "she meant well?"

Deduct the cost of cleaning, material and labor, from her S.D.

salvaging kitchen floor (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 7:33 AM

This is a owner i want to know, I have encountered several sloppy wanna-be paint people who have been unhappy in various degrees of making fool's of themselves on the porch and in court in front of the courtroom trying to explain the tv show never mentions taking steps to protect other parts of the room, the tv show used professional painting people is what I explain as well as the judge who suggests keeping several cleanup towels nearby in the event accidents happen, they do as you have seen, you could finish the floor with a finger painting group from a nursery school, get some animal footprint stamps to accent the handiwork. Otherwise you will toil at this for several days softening the paint but not the floor, I think it would be faster to repair a fiberglass boat wreck.

It is medication time....

salvaging kitchen floor (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 10:01 AM

Clean sooner rather than later.

I have immense patience for fiddley stuff like this, so, me, I’d be doing elbow grease, wet rags, and Latex Paint Remover.

Change the rags regularly, as softened latex paint can restick if it gets back on the floor.

The wax stripper sounds like a good idea too.

I would think judges in my area wouldn’t allow charges for damages to such an old floor ( I have heard the local courts take that into consideration.) But, if I had a newer lease, my state now allows for reasonable amounts of charges for landlord labor.

I love seeing the sturdy old stuff being kept in use, kept in good nic. Less waste in landfills, shows appreciation for the past.

salvaging kitchen floor (by CX [WA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 11:01 AM

Mack [PA], I have some ideas for you but need to know what size splatters. Tiny little dots (like the throw-off from a too-fast moving roller) or larger coin size drops from sloppy brush/roller handling?

The big lesson here is the one that most other seasoned LLs on this forum will give you (and have listed numerous times in the past):

DO NOT LET TENANTS PAINT!!! For the very issue you are suffering right now, and others (undesirable colors, poor prep work, poor quality work in general).

salvaging kitchen floor (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 1:36 PM

Yup, never let tenants paint. This is what usually happens.

Although I had a landlord let me paint in lieu of deposit. He had learned from my prior landlord that I had spent the previous summer painting. (He was. Rey impressed with the recommendation he received from Lila. Apparently she was tough to get a good recommendation from. Small town.)

salvaging kitchen floor (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 2:47 PM

From the 1940's

I would just upgrade.

We have had plenty of CHARMING carpet and flooring we have had to replace over the years.

Should also make it easier to rent.

salvaging kitchen floor (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 4:50 PM

I agree with DJ on hold her responsible.

As for fixing, what about sandpaper and then re-wax?

salvaging kitchen floor (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2019 7:44 PM

I figure that flooring should last 5 years for carpeting and 7 years for vinyl. It does get depreciated so I need to ask - if this had not happened, when were you planning on replacing it?

Its awesome you are able to get more years out of it than all my floors. But if something is from the 1940's, it probably isn't in style

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