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How to Remove Glued Down Vinyl Floor

Depending on the area, removing vinyl flooring can be an all-day job. Vinyl flooring is not difficult to remove but the adhesive that holds the flooring to the sub-floor is where the problem lies. Be prepared for hard work and make sure that you wear a dust mask.

Vinyl flooring is easily removed but it is hard work.

Things You Will Need

  • Asbestos test kit
  • Dust mask
  • Utility knife
  • 5-inch flat putty knife
  • Floor scraper
  • Chemical stripper

Depending on the area, removing vinyl flooring can be an all-day job.  Vinyl flooring is not difficult to remove but the adhesive that holds the flooring to the sub-floor is where the problem lies.

Be prepared for hard work and make sure that you wear a dust mask.  If you should use a chemical stripper, make sure you ventilate the area by opening all windows and doors.

  1. Check your vinyl floor for asbestos if your vinyl floor was laid before 1970. Obtain an asbestos kit from your local hardware store or from the pharmacy. If the floor tests positive for asbestos, contact an asbestos removal expert. If the floor test negative for asbestos or your floor is newer than 1970, proceed to the next step.
  2. Cut through the vinyl floor using a utility knife. Slice through the entire length of the floor every 6 to 12 inches.
  3. Lift the vinyl floor from the sub-floor by sliding a 5-inch flat putty knife underneath each strip you cut in Step 2. Pull up the old vinyl floor and discard.
  4. Strip away any remaining glue residue and vinyl from the floor using a floor scraper.
  5. Use a chemical stripper designed to strip flooring adhesives for areas of glue the floor scraper fails to remove. Follow the instructions on the stripper container.

Things You Will Need

  • Asbestos test kit
  • Dust mask
  • Utility knife
  • 5-inch flat putty knife
  • Floor scraper
  • Chemical stripper

About the Author

Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.

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  • wooden texture of the floor - ideal background image by Elnur from Fotolia.com