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No matter your level of flooring expertise, Vinyl flooring removal can be difficult if you don’t take advantage of the right tips,
Of course , there are professionals who can take on the vinyl flooring removal for you, but why not saving money by doing the job yourself ?
If you’ve decided to handle this project yourself, here are 4 vinyl flooring removal tips that you may pay special attention to :
1. If you floor is more than 20 years old, test it before doing anything!
Decades ago, before vinyl flooring manufacturers knew how dangerous it was, they used asbestos in the backing underneath the floor. If you try to rip up that kind of vinyl flooring , those fibers will get loose in the air and turn into a major health hazard. Do have a professional take a look at it, before you tear up your old vinyl flooring.
2. Vinyl flooring removal is different, that depends on what’s underneath
If there is a wood underlayment, the best thing to do is remove both at the same time. Use a power skill saw to cut through the vinyl and plywood, but not the subfloor underneath. Cut the floor and the plywood into 2’x2’ sections, and use a scraper pry each section up . Pliers might be required to get all of the wood staples out. When finished, sweep the area to make sure all of the wood dust and debris are gone.
But, if you need to remove vinyl flooring from concrete, your job will be much different, all you need is a sharp utility knife that can cut the vinyl into squares. Then, pry up each section with a floor scraper. A good adhesive remover is needed to get rid of all the glue underneath.
3. Use a scraper with a long handle
You will need a heavy-duty blade to cut through all of the layers of vinyl and adhesive. A longer handle gives you more leverage, that makes your job much easier. Otherwise, you can wind up with an awfully sore back!
4. Get a quality adhesive remover
Always remember, vinyl flooring removal means getting rid of the vinyl itself and the glue underneath. Over time, that glue can harden to near-concrete strength! You will need a special adhesive remover that breaks down the glue and turns it from a solid back into a liquid or paste.