How to Remove Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is great for some areas of the house such as bathrooms and kitchens that are prone to water spills, but like everything that has regular use it will wear out or look outdated. Removing vinyl flooring may seem like a daunting task, but with a bit of elbow grease it’s an easy DIY project and is a great way to transform the look of a room on a budget.

Vinyl flooring is usually glued to the floor with strong adhesive, and the best way of removing it is by using a floor scraper. Start in the corner and work your way into the middle; you might be able to pull up big chunks of the flooring by hand if it isn’t too degraded. Use the floor scraper to remove the adhesive from the floor.

For stubborn glue you may want to use floor glue remover, it’s available from various manufacturers but always read the instructions fully before using. Other ways of removing floor glue include using the heat gun to warm the area up then use the scraper to remove the residue.

As always, safety is key for any DIY project so wear eye protection and wear rubber gloves if using solvent based glue removers.

Once the vinyl flooring is removed you can go ahead and put the new flooring down.

Picture: Gary & Kirstie Sullivan

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