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Removing Vinyl flooring, Old Linoleum or Glue

In the previous post removing of old tiles in flooring has discussed and it seems not an easy task and in this article removing of Vinyl flooring or old Linoleum or Glue will be discussed. Remodeling a house is a bit of hazardous work and when it comes to remove an old linoleum or vinyl floor, it become more difficult.

When the linoleum is carried out, things get worse than before and in the case of removing gobs of old glue, it is harder than everything. So removing process should follow some professional and intelligent steps, like:

Alternative way to remove Vinyl & Linoleum Flooring: The basic alternative of removing old linoleum or vinyl flooring is to place a new one over the old one. If the existing floor found smooth or can be smooth with the patches of FixAll, then the new floor can be arranged directly on top of the old. Sometime a layer of ¼ inch plywood could be laid over the floor for providing a smooth base and after that a new strong floor laid over that.

In other cases the old floor is floated with a self-leveling concrete which will become 1/8 inch thick after getting dry then new floor can be fixed on that. While adding a new floor mainly plywood or self-leveling concrete always make sure that the process can make the floor noticeably.

It never connects smoothly with the adjoining floor and creates a difference. This height difference could run the careless on the previous one and there will be no clearance under the toe kicks and create a future problem for dishwasher, refrigerator or stove.

Removing Vinyl & Linoleum Flooring: It is a different and difficult job as wood is a common subfloor in all flooring and is penetrable, old glues should be clearly removed as older wrappers had oils in them which react chemically with new vinyl and make a yellow discoloration. But warranties on new vinyl do not cover this kind of failure. The other reason of removing old wrappers is that installing vinyl stripping and become brittle and when the old glue breaks loose under the new vinyl, it may cause failures in the new floor covering.

Homeowners need to take care about asbestos which were used previously in some old linoleum and flooring wrappers and removing this material creates a health risk. So at first a small piece of asbestos from a corner should be broken and take for testing to an asbestos abatement firm.

Plywood Subfloor with Linoleum or Vinyl Flooring: There are two choices in a plywood subfloor: 1) scrape away the linoleum or vinyl and glue, 2) just cut out the subfloor and linoleum or vinyl flooring as one piece.

• In removing process of old resilient flooring at first it need to cut into parallel stripes with a utility knife, then a hammer is needed to tap a stiff putty knife. Then the linoleum should be pulled up in strips to reveal the glue and after vanish of the surface layer the glue should be removed.
• For removing both the linoleum and subfloor at first a hole through the floor need to drill for confirming the thickness of the plywood. Next set the saw blade for cutting deeper and a section of flooring on one side of the room. Then the floor should cut in a manageable section for removing the flooring.

Hardwood floors with Linoleum or Vinyl Flooring: It is easy, first of all the covering in a corner need to remove then the vinyl is cut through in the same direction of floor to minimize any other changes. Heat the linoleum and apply it with glue then scrape away as much as glue can be scrapped. After cleaning the floor well sand away the remaining glue and refinish the floor.

Concrete slab with Linoleum or Vinyl Flooring: It is the easiest type of subfloor to get linoleum or vinyl of but need to do correctly. Like the above process, the floor will cut in stripes and heated with a heat gun for softening. Then the remaining glue can be removed with a floor scraper.

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Removing Vinyl flooring, Old Linoleum or Glue