Oilcloth as a floor covering

K0k0shka

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Has anybody used oilcloth as a floor covering, to protect a wooden floor? I've read about people using linoleum/vinyl. Oilcloth seems to be cheaper - $6.50 per yard, 47 inches wide, on Amazon with free delivery. It serves the same purpose... and would be easy and not too expensive to replace if needed... But a search on BYC turns up nothing. Is there a reason why nobody is using it? Anything I need to know?
 

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Have read of a few people putting down tarps then dragging the whole thing out to 'clean'.
I like my vinyl flooring, haven't had to move it for 6 years.

Oh I won’t be moving it! I’ll just staple it down to the floor and then do deep bedding (not deep litter) on top of it. I’d take it out only to replace it if it ever got torn or worn out. So I want to use it only because it’s cheaper, and was wondering if it had any drawbacks I was unaware of...
 

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Why not use floor/deck paint?
I was going to first paint the floor with a waterproofing stain, and then put the oilcloth on top of that... Or would that be overkill? I want to do deep bedding and keep everything dry, so hopefully that should help, but my climate is very humid in the summer, so I don’t know...
 

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I was going to first paint the floor with a waterproofing stain, and then put the oilcloth on top of that... Or would that be overkill? I want to do deep bedding and keep everything dry, so hopefully that should help, but my climate is very humid in the summer, so I don’t know...
Try it, see if it works out<shrugs>
I would definitely protect to wood first.
 

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I don't think oil cloth would hold up real good. It's not very thick, if the chickens scratch in the bedding they may rip it. Also how are you planning on removing the bedding, when it needs to be changed? You will have to be careful, so you don't rip it. Your cost savings may not be worth it, in the long run. I would use paint or vinyl, before using oil cloth. You might spend more money, but it will be money well spent, IMO.

I used Black Jack 57 on my coop floor. I use a hard rake to stir my bedding when needed and a snow shovel when I change out my bedding. No harm has been done to the Black Jack.
 

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Has anybody used oilcloth as a floor covering,
I used vinyl flooring and was satisfied with it. I think oilcloth would have a lot of the same properties. Neither floor covering like the cold and crack and become brittle. Vinyl floor covering is a bit more durable.
I personally have switched to the tarp method as mentioned by @aart (still have the vinyl underneath.)
 

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Cracking in the cold is a good point... hadn’t thought of that... Might be the ultimate deal breaker for the oilcloth then.

I was thinking of using a plastic snow shovel to do the yearly deep clean. So hopefully it won’t be too rough on the flooring. But I will need to rake and stir it more frequently though, so that’s another good point...
 

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