Where the floor is old and badly worn, many housewives have thought to free themselves from a great deal of labor by covering that worn, uneven surface. Because of a lack of information they lay the material selected directly over the uneven floor. As a result many complaints are made regarding the different materials sold. This is due, in some cases, to the fact that the housewife takes it for granted that all she has to do is to lay this attractive-looking new surface over the splintered, cracked and worn old boards, and for years enjoy her pretty floor covering and her relief from laborious cleaning. In other cases the salesman does not understand the care that should be given to the floor. This information, therefore, is included here in order that the woman may know what should be done before an expensive covering is laid over her wooden floor.
The floor surface must be clean and even. (Plane if necessary.) All cracks must be rilled, (Use "crack and crevice" filler.).
The floor must be dry. If there is any danger of dampness with resulting expansion and contraction, heavy felt paper should be used. The use of this increases the life of the linoleum and also makes the floor warmer and easier for the person who is to walk on it.
The quarter-round floor molding should be removed.
Felt paper, after being cut to fit the floor the short way of the room, is fastened in place on the floor by using moisture-proof cement. This should be brushed on the paper as it unrolls and is pressed down carefully on the floor, leaving no creases in the felt.
If it is known that the floor is absolutely dry two thicknesses of builder's paper may be used instead of felt. It will cost less, but will act just as well as the felt for a cushion between the floor and linoleum.