Removing Linoleum Flooring Can be Difficult without the Right Tools and Know-how
By Mark J. Donovan
|If you have kitchen or bathroom remodeling plans and need to know how to remove linoleum flooring read on. The process of removing linoleum flooring is relatively simple as long as you have the right tools and follow the basic guidelines described below.
However removing linoleum flooring can be painfully slow depending upon how the linoleum was glued down to the subfloor. As a matter of fact, In some cases if the linoleum flooring is fully glued down then it may make more sense to simply apply the new flooring directly over it. I have done so many times when tiling floors.
All I do is apply decking screws on 6 inch centers across the entire linoleum covered floor prior to tiling the floor.
This said, I only do this when the linoleum has no signs of cupping or curling at the edges and there are no bulges or cracks in the floor.
For most re-flooring projects, however, it is best to remove old linoleum flooring prior to installing the new flooring material. So be prepared for some tedious work ahead!
If you have a hardwood floor underneath the linoleum flooring you’ll also want to make sure you scrape with the grain of the wood. This way you can touch up the would if you accidentally shave or scrape it a little.
Often after slicing the linoleum flooring with a utility knife you can peel up large sections of the linoleum flooring if the adhesive is only applied around seams and the peripheral edges of the linoleum floor.
When removing linoleum flooring its also best to work in small areas at a time. This way you can at least see some clear results after a short period of time, thus mitigating frustration and doubt about your ability to remove it all.
Then use your scraper to remove the adhesive backing. Do not use this method if you have hardwood floors that you want to preserve, as it could cause warping of the boards.
Also a hair dryer can often work to help soften up the adhesive backing, making it easier to scrape off.
With these methods you’ll eventually be able to remove the linoleum flooring. You just need to be patient and keep working at it!
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