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Vinyl Floor Removal

Valuable and Useful DIY Tips on Effective Vinyl Floor Removal

Even though vinyl floors are hardy and durable, over time they can tear and get damaged. Read the HomeQuicks article to find steps on how you can remove the old flooring with ease.
Sheetal Mandora
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
The most common places in the house where you'll find vinyl flooring are your bathrooms and kitchens. Cleaning and maintaining it requires a lot of time and effort on your part.
Removing the Flooring in Kitchen or Bathroom
Materials Needed
  • Putty knife
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paint thinner
  • Mask or clean cloth
Step #1
Before you begin, wear old clothes, rubber gloves, and a mask or place a clean cloth over your nose and mouth. Open the windows in the room, and the rest of the house or apartment. This job needs a lot of ventilation.
Step #2
Some flooring has linoleum (floor covering) which needs to peeled off first. You can do so with your hands, or use a putty knife instead.
Step #3
Pour some paint thinner on the exposed area; this is the area where you just lifted the linoleum from. Make sure to smear the paint thinner so that it goes deep under the old floor. The paint thinner will make the glue underneath slippery enough for removing the flooring.
Step #4
Now we scrape off the old floors. With the putty knife, carefully lift every piece. Some of the floor pieces will come off easily, but others might take up some of your time. The paint thinner has the tendency to evaporate rapidly, so work accordingly. If you want, you can take small patches on the entire floor and apply the paint thinner in those areas.
Removing the Flooring off Concrete
When the flooring is on top of concrete, the task is a bit tougher than before. If you thought normal floors were bad, then you are in for a tedious day of work. Although, it's not an impossible task. Here's the step by step instructions on how to remove the flooring from concrete.
Materials Needed
  • Floor scraper
  • Acetone
  • 5 inch putty knife
  • Razor scraper
  • Boiling water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Razor knife
  • Cement backer board
  • Floor leveler
  • Cement screws
Step #1
With the razor knife, you will cut the floor in 2 ft. x 6 ft. divisions. This will make the job a bit easier. Slide the floor scraper under the side of the floor piece and check whether it comes off. If yes, then you're a lucky person. But if it doesn't, then no problem; we'll handle it. The razor scraper will help you get the floor out.
Step #2
Tear the vinyl cover off. If you encounter any problem, just rip off the vinyl and leave the padding and reveal the adhesive underneath. When the area of the floor is large, you can also opt to rent an electric scraper for a hardware store near you. But I would advice you to do it by hand as the electric one tends to be a bit tough to handle.
Step #3
Pour boiling water directly on the exposed adhesive area. Wait for few minutes and then start scraping the floor again. Although it's a messy job, you will definitely end up finishing your project. Grab some old rags so you can prevent the water from spreading everywhere.
Step #4
Another way would be to use acetone. If the above mentioned methods didn't work, then wear your rubber gloves and mask before you pour some acetone over the floor. Let the acetone soak in for some time; then with the 5 inch putty knife, start scraping the remaining adhesive. Open the windows in the room and house to ventilate the area of your work.
Step #5
As a last alternative, place new flooring over the old one. If some of the pieces came off and the others were just too tough to scrape, then you need to fill in the gap underneath with the floor leveler. You will also have to place a layer of cement backer board. Get everything in place with the help of cement screws.
Be careful while you're working as you will be inches away from boiling water, acetone, and a razor scraper. And if you feel that you won't be able to carry out the task on your own, don't hesitate to contact a professional for the job.