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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Clean Again: After sanding, clean the floor again to remove any dust or debris.
- 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.
- Regular Maintenance: Regular cleaning and occasional re-coating will keep your refinished linoleum floors looking great for years to come.
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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