Had water overflow into bedroom and closet. New laminate floor removed. Concrete floor has glue strips from another flooring that is sticky in some places. Will thoroughly clean with as little water as possible

Q. When all cleaning is done and floor dries for a week, Can I seal the concrete and begin covering? I know the floor will not be completely dry in a week.

I am thinking of painting the floor or trying the paper floor as water seems to be a problem 3rd time, no children. Is Dry Lock or Bone Dry best as I have serious allergies. Thanks

  • How about speeding drying with fan and/or heater? – DrMoishe Pippik Oct 14 '16 at 1:54
  • I have epoxy painted several basements that turned out to be a great way to seal the floor from winter moisture. – Ed Beal Aug 29 '17 at 16:53
  • Can moisture escape the concrete floor from below? – peufeu Nov 6 '17 at 16:57

I wouldn't worry too much about the sticky, as long as it doesn't have any thickness to it. It will hold the laminate underlay in place!

I don't see the need to paint the floor unless you're expecting further damp from underneath and then I'd fit a polythene layer instead, in fact I'd fit it anyway.

Re the damp, it's risky to cover anything damp lest you get mould. At the very least, heat and vent it as much as you can for as long as you can and then maybe leave off the skirting boards for a while so any residual damp can at least escape to air.

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