I had an old vinyl floor in my kitchen that I've now ripped out.
What's left is a particle-board type subfloor over the actual wood
The bottom of the old floor has stuck to the subfloor in most places,
so there's a thin layer of black stuff across the entire floor, most
of which is pretty sticky (I guess it's the old glue).
I'm planning to put vinyl squares down, but I went to Home Depot to
figure out what to do about this sticky gunk that's left on the
subfloor. The guy there recommended putting down a patch & skim coat
over the entire floor, then tiling over that.
So my questions are:
1) Does this sound like the best solution? He said using a chemical to
remove this junk would probably be a lot messier in the long run.
2) Any advice about how to apply the patch & skim coat? Is it pretty
easy? He said just to mix it with water, apply with a trowel and then
level out any high spots. How thick should I aim to make it? And, what
do I do about cabinets and walls? Should I do anything to protect
these edges from the patch & skim, or should I just go right up to the
thanks for any feedback,