Q: Could laying a wood floor over 1960's linoleum cause any type of chemical reaction that would slowly produce a really strong odor?
We remodeled an older home that was built in the 60's and it had linoleum flooring that was cracked in several places. We put wood floors directly over the old flooring. The house had the typical musty smell that older some older homes have after being closed up for a while. After painting every surface, even inside of cabinets, and installing new floors, the odor was gone, but slowly, a new very strong odor, almost like natural gas, has developed. Is it possible there is some sort of reaction going on between the rubber backing on the wood floor and the old linoleum?
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