How To Remove Vinyl Flooring From Your Home

How To Remove Vinyl Flooring From Your Home

Vinyl flooring is a practical type of interior pavement that can replace tiles, hardwood, and even stone. Durable and easy to clean, it offers an affordable alternative to all other floorings. But how to remove vinyl flooring if you want to redecorate your home?

Whether you want to replace your linoleum floor with a new one or completely change the design and switch to tiles or parquet, it is important to follow certain steps to prevent the underlying floor from deteriorating the new one.

Having dealt with this type of flooring several times, I decided to put together this How to Remove Vinyl Flooring guide. Read the steps below to find out how to lift and remove your linoleum floor in the correct way.

How To Remove Vinyl Flooring

Materials

  • Solvent

Tools

Step 1 -  Clear the surface

The first step is to clear the surface from all furniture and appliances. Move all objects to another room and clean the surface before starting. The cleaning step is not essential but it helps to remove the vinyl flooring creating less mess.

Step 2– Cut the flooring into sections

Vinyl flooring comes either in wide-spread rolls, similar to wallpaper or as modular tiles. Both types are fixed with glue and removing them involves a special procedure to prevent the vinyl sheet or tiles from breaking.

In the case of roll linoleum flooring, the first step is to cut the sheet into sections, more or less of the size of a tile. This will prevent the sheet from breaking and will save you a lot of time and the extra work of removing vinyl debris.

Use a sharp cutter for this purpose and make sure the sections are completely cut.

Step 3 –Remove the flooring

Once your sections are cut, it’s time to proceed with removing the flooring. Start from one corner and use the heat gun to heat the vinyl. This will make the material easier to work with and easier to remove.

Once the corner is heated, take a spatula and gently lift the corner, inserting the spatula under the vinyl sheet. Work your way forward removing the vinyl by heating a small section and detaching it from the underlayer.

In most cases, the glue may remain on the underfloor rather than on the vinyl sheet; if this is the case, use a solvent to clean it off. This operation is important as any new floor may be hard to lay or unstable if you don’t remove all debris before using a new underlayer.

If the adhesive is stubborn, there are many chemical strippers to consider for this purpose. Regardless of the method, make sure you clean the area thoroughly before laying any new flooring.

Why Lay Vinyl Flooring In Your Home

Many homeowners who are wondering how to remove vinyl flooring do so just to replace a worn out linoleum with a new one. Other homeowners are wondering which are the benefits of this type of flooring over the others. Here’s why I love it.

Costs

Vinyl flooring can imitate all types of flooring, from hardwood to tiles and even stone. The main advantage of this flooring over all others is its cost. Vinyl flooring isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly cheaper than all other options.  It comes in all colors and finishes and modern linoleum tiles or sheets are stunning.  

Durability

Another thing I like about linoleum is its durability. Vinyl floorings are stain resistant and waterproof. Special adhesive creates an impermeable layer between the vinyl sheets and the joints look similar to those of the tiles.

In terms of durability, vinyl flooring can last for a lifetime and the only drawback is that the material may suffer discolorations in time.

However, depending on the model and color you could enjoy your vinyl floor for a long time. Your best choice if you’re aiming for longevity is perhaps a vinyl flooring that imitates granite. The finish hides stains, minor surface imperfections, matches most interiors, and it doesn’t lose its color in time.

Finish

Vinyl flooring is available in all imaginable colors and textures. From gloss to matte, from smooth to textured, from solid colors to intricate patterns, you can certainly find the style that fits your home.

Some manufacturers even propose custom-made vinyl floorings, which are an option if you’re looking for a particular model or pattern.

Laying Simplicity

Laying vinyl flooring is a novice’s job. All you need is a level surface, a good adhesive, and the vinyl sheet. While DIY can cut off costs, I still wouldn’t recommend installing the flooring yourself though, unless you’re an expert.

Minor mistakes can make the vinyl sheet detach from the underlayer, resulting in unflattering results.

Cleaning Ease

Used in industrial kitchens and hospitals, vinyl flooring is one of the most hygienic there are. Vinyl is a non-porous and waterproof material; stain and odor resistant, vinyl is easy to wipe clean with a mop and disinfect with most home-use or commercial chemicals.

When laid properly, vinyl flooring has joints where dust and debris can accumulate, which is a great thing if you’re concerned about hygiene.

Bottom Line

You now know how to remove the vinyl flooring and why you should thing replacing the old linoleum with a new one. Coming with dozens of advantages, this type of floors is ideal in most homes and comes with countless benefits. More than enough reasons to give it a try!