Remove the base trim from the perimeter of the room.
Locate the side of the room where the tongue of the wood flooring is exposed; this is where you will begin the floor removal process. Look for an easy access point along the edge, so that you can insert a pry bar between the wood flooring and subfloor. Easy access points include doorways and breaks in the room where the flooring ends.
Place the flat end of the pry bar between the strip of flooring and the subfloor beneath. Use a hammer to tap the back end of the pry tool until it is firmly wedged under the flooring.
Using the prying tool, pull up the first strip of flooring. Once the nails are slightly pulled out of the subfloor, slide the strip of flooring out so that the groove slides away from the tongue of the next course.
Remove the nails that are left over in the strips of flooring or are still sticking into the subfloor. Use pliers to remove the skinny nails.
Continue to the next strip of flooring and follow the previous steps. Follow the same process across the entire floor, until all flooring has been removed.
Things You Will Need
- Flat head prying tool
- When prying up on the wood strips to dislodge the nails from the subfloor, be careful not to raise the flooring too high; this could cause the bottom portion of the groove to split.