How do I cover a cement floor?


Had to take up carpet due to pets. Under carpet and padding i have cement floors...not much in financial area.

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  • Reimagined Reimagined on Nov 14, 2018

    There is a cool really cool paper bag trick I saw on home talk once... here is a link for it on the web...

  • Joan Stanley Joan Stanley on Nov 14, 2018

    I have the same problem. I have not taken the carpet up yet, but want to get wood. I've thought of a finish I saw 15 get a ago in a lot of apartments.... Painted, marbled floors with some kind of shiny seal over it. I still may do that to the utility room instead of linoleum.

    • A.J. A.J. on Nov 15, 2018

      The painted marble floor sounds interesting...let me know if you find out how to do it. Thank you

  • If you can, hold off on buying anything until AFTER Christmas. Do you still have the pets? What part of the country do you live in? How big is the room? If you will still be using the room, the pets will need very soft fluffy beds as the cement floor hurts their bones too. Heated pet beds would be ideal, but are expensive. If you have a Habitat Re Store, start shopping there regularly, as they get new things in every day. You never know what you can find cheap. Sheet vinyl would be my first choice, as it is inexpensive and easy to maintain. After the holidays, shop your local stores for remnants and end lots that you can score for pennies on the dollar.

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    • Oh my goodness! Thats chilly! I hear you about the pets, I have a bunch too, 3 dogs, 6 cats, a canary and a dragon. Here in So CA where I live in zone 9, it doesn't get that cold most of the time. I have had it down in the teens a few times, but it only lasts 2 or 3 nights. Drink lots of tea or hot chocolate and stay warm. 🌞

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Nov 14, 2018

    Flooring is always cheaper just before/around tax time. For now you could just primer it with Zinsser. This will keep any pet accidents from seeping into concrete until you can decide which way you want to do them.