Help! The Floor Board Under Carpet Stinks - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-04-2013, 10:27 PM   #1
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Help! the floor board under carpet stinks

I want to replace the carpet as I am renovating. However, I have a smelly issue with the floorboards under the (now) removed carpet. I believe the board is masonite or MDF, and I removed the carpet and underlay as it smelled of mildew. The smell is still within the boards, and I have left the room to 'breathe' for 4 weeks but the boards still smell. Does anyone know what can be done, as the room is unlivable with such an odour?


Miss C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
Too Short? Cut it Again!
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 9,634
Rewards Points: 2,000

If they are dry, you might try a primer like BIN. It is an alcohol based product (so use plenty of ventilation) and commonly used for sealing in odors such as in homes where heavy smokers have tainted walls and ceilings.

Some have used Zinsser Cover Stain. It is oil-based primer.

Note that primers are not really meant for floors but in this instance, if padding and new carpet is going over them it might work out. You may have to put a moisture barrier down but then you reduce the ability of the floor to breathe and you may cause a worse situation long term.

Obviously you should source the source of the moisture that is causing this or anything you do is likely to be temporary.

You might ask your real flooring company or real paint store for recommendations. You will just get a "deer caught in the headlights" look at a box store.


user1007 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to user1007 For This Useful Post:
Miss C (05-10-2013)
Old 05-05-2013, 04:56 PM   #3
Floor Installer
sam floor's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Buckner, Mo.
Posts: 167
Rewards Points: 154

Kilz or plain shellac will kill the odors but won't help with moisture.
sam floor is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to sam floor For This Useful Post:
Miss C (05-10-2013)
Old 05-05-2013, 06:10 PM   #4
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Sarasota,Florida
Posts: 2,911
Rewards Points: 3,722

If it's masonite or mdf pull it up and replace it,you'll never get rid of the smell.
Canarywood1 is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Canarywood1 For This Useful Post:
Dave Sal (05-10-2013), joecaption (05-11-2013), Miss C (05-10-2013)
Old 05-10-2013, 10:58 PM   #5
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Thanks for everyone giving me ideas! I am in Australia, so I don't think we have the same name brand stores/ and or products....but all ideas are helpful! Thanks to you all :-)
Miss C is offline   Reply With Quote

carpentry , damp , floor , floorboards , mildew

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Couple carpet questions ponch37300 Flooring 8 09-28-2012 02:30 PM
Flooring Under Carpet Mstrenke Flooring 4 06-24-2012 05:54 PM
Carpet Flooding and Replacement airjay81 Flooring 1 05-08-2012 12:00 PM
Gaps at baseboards after carpet install cometbus Flooring 9 10-01-2007 07:48 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1