How to Remove Vinyl Flooring

How to Remove Vinyl Flooring

Part of our Kitchen Removal Guide

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Our how to remove vinyl flooring guide is another easy one when compared to certain tasks like removing a sink. Each of these guides in our kitchen removal series will give you the knowledge to rip out your own kitchen and save you money.

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Step 1 - Lift the Trim

In your kitchen you may have a trim that runs along with your kitchen cabinets and the floor to keep it in place. To remove these, pry them gently off with a tool like a crowbar that can give you some leverage.

The floor dividers will also be tightly securing your vinyl flooring down so will also need to be removed. These are often screwed in place but if not you can use a crowbar again to carefully lift them up.

Step 2 - Divide and Lift Flooring

The next best course of action is to divide your flooring into segments. This is so when you lift it up it isn’t all in one piece which will make it difficult to handle and carry. Use a utility knife to cut your vinyl flooring into your desired segments.

From here you can begin lifting the floor up and rolling it up. This may become difficult once you reach an area that has been glued down. Here you can use a scraper to separate the flooring from the underlayer.

Step 3 - Removing Glue and Adhesive

With all of your flooring removed and rolled up you may want to remove all the leftover adhesive and glue stuck to the underlayer. You will need to do this if you are planning on laying a new flooring on top as the surface will be uneven.

A lot of the glue should be able to be lifted with a hand scraper but you can also use a floor scraper with a long handle to make life easier. Large patches of glue may require some applied heat to fully remove it. This is best performed by a heat gun. This is a fairly niche tool that not a lot of people will own but you can hire one for around £9 a day.

Make sure you don’t hold the heat gun too close to the glue or for too long as you may damage the underlayer beneath it. With the glue and adhesives now warm, it becomes a lot easier to remove with a scraper.

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