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We have just bought a house with carpeting that we want to remove. Below the carpet in the living room are fir floors that have some linoleum glue and bits of linoleum about the edges. We have a very tight budget and it was recommended to us to just paint over the floors as they are. But we are not sure this is a good idea. We have also considered removing the glue and linoleum, sanding the floors and them painting them. But maybe if we are going to do all that we should just go ahead and refinish them. Another factor is that we don't know if the glue on the fir flooring is asbestos. So, we are kind of confused about what good options are considering we want something we can live with for the long run and we don't have much to spend.
 

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Not sure if you are still around, but we painted our wood floors in our kitchen and it worked out fine.

Like you said you need to decide now if you are EVER going to want to refinnish the floor back to wood now before you cover it with paint.

Our floor had glued down linoleum tiles over it and try as we might there was just no way to get all the glue and crap off plus they had used a black adhesive and it has soaked into every crack and pour in the wood, we decided to scrape it down with a big floor scrapper and sand what was left with a belt sander. This got most of the black fuzzy stuff off. At that point we just painted it a off white with exterior porch paint. Took 4 coats, but we got a nice thick coverage.

Best part is we just repainted it this summer because it was looking a little dirty :). We are working on putting in tile, but in the mean time it was easy and looks way way better than what we had before.
 

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Before you decide to do anything at all. Find out what year the house was built or when those tiles were installed. What size are those tiles (if you can tell) 9" x 9" tiles (vinyl) with black adhesive is usually a good sign there is asbestos. You should never sand or use a power tool if there is asbestos. :no:
 
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