Do I have to remove old fake wood floor or can I cover them?


About 7 years ago we replaced our carpet with pergo like wood floors. Then we got 2 dogs (one with epilepsy) and although we were told they were waterproof, they weren't. Now they are bubbled from Athena having seizures and losing her bladder. I have never been handy and husband suffered a spinal cord injury and is in long term care as a quadriplegic. I cannot afford to replace the floors due to lose of his income but the house is for sale. I need to help these floors! What can I do that will not cost a fortune? Thanks!

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 11, 2018

    Hello Laura, Think in terms of covering the area with a Kitchen Mat that is washable, if not all the time, but when you have a viewing. Best wishes..........

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Oct 11, 2018

    Since you cannot afford to replace the floors, leave them as is and reduce the price of the house to reflect new flooring. People will be able to choose what they want. That is a selling point.

    Get a couple bids on flooring - maybe one with a mid priced carpeting and another with laminate. Then you know what would be a reasonable price drop.

    I'm surprised your realtor hasn't told you this.

  • By Brittany Goldwyn By Brittany Goldwyn on Oct 11, 2018

    As a buyer, I'd agree with Sal above. I'd prefer to just be able to have new floors installed myself. Really hope your dog and husband are doing alright!

  • I'm so sorry! I do agree with the other two. Unfortunately the only option with that type of flooring is to replace it. Even if it were real wood flooring and there's cupping, there's very little one can do without replacing. Sending good vibes your way!