Linoleum Flooring Renovation for Rental Property

By Planting Our Pennies •  Updated: 06/27/23 •  2 min read

While some finance gurus scream “passive income” when talking about rental properties – this is far from the case.

Unless you have a seasoned property manager, you’re going to be doing some work as a landlord.

One of my recent projects was revitalizing the old linoleum flooring in my investment property to give it some new life. Here’s how!

How to Refinish Old Linoleum Floors

  1. Clean the Floor: Start by thoroughly cleaning the linoleum flooring. Sweep or vacuum to remove any loose dirt and debris. Follow this up with a deep clean using a mop and a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner. Make sure the floor is completely dry before proceeding.
  2. Repair any Damage: Check the flooring for any damages like cuts, gouges, or loose edges. Small damages can be repaired using a linoleum repair kit, which you can find at most home improvement stores. For larger damages, you might need to replace that section of flooring.
  3. Sand the Floor: Once your floor is clean and repaired, lightly sand the surface with a 220-grit sandpaper. This step helps remove the old finish and creates a smooth surface for the new finish to adhere to. Remember, the goal is not to remove the linoleum layer, but just to remove the glossy finish and create a slightly rough surface.
  4. Clean Again: After sanding, clean the floor again to remove any dust or debris.
  5. Apply the Finish: Once the floor is dry, apply a thin layer of commercial-grade floor finish using a microfiber mop. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying additional coats. You’ll likely need two to three coats for the best results.
  6. Regular Maintenance: Regular cleaning and occasional re-coating will keep your refinished linoleum floors looking great for years to come.

Final Thoughts

Maintenance and upkeep is just one aspect of keeping a good relationship with your tenants with real estate investing.

By refurbing these floors, not only did it cost less than replacing them altogether, but also was a massive improvement in the space that the tenants appreciate.

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