When it comes to flooring, vinyl is one of the most preferred options. It is easy-to-install and budget-friendly. However, it is also essential to upgrade the old vinyl floor with a new one when the time comes.

The first step is to remove the old flooring. Sometimes, people opt for installing a completely new option like hardwood, engineered, or laminate flooring over the vinyl.  The good news is that most of us can do this task without any professional help. So, let’s discuss how it can be possible.

Safety Is Must

Asbestos vinyl sheets used to be a prevalent flooring option before the 1980s. You may have such a vintage style and want to remove the old flooring (before the 1980s) to get a new one. For that, you must contact a contractor for testing the floor.

Since asbestos removal is a risky process, you need to rely on an experienced professional only. 

Are you sure about the presence of asbestos in your vinyl floor? If yes, then there is only one option. You have to get new flooring installed over the previous one. Throughout the entire process, the vinyl flooring must be intact at any cost.

Moreover, you should not disturb the vinyl unless it could emit asbestos fibers. It is best if you contact a professional if any process of floor removal is linked with asbestos interruption.

Clean The Desired Space

The first step of DIY vinyl flooring removal is to vacate the room. Relocate all furniture sets elsewhere to clear the desired area.

Remove All Baseboards

Baseboards contribute by covering the edges of the floors. That means you must remove them before you start removing the vinyl flooring. Follow the steps below:

  • Lay the wide part of the pry bar at the meeting point of the wall and then trim.
  • Now, start tapping the top portion of the pry bar fast by using a rubber mallet.
  • Keep on prying the trim away at a slow pace.
  • Do you want to restore the trim? You need to give a symbol at the backside of the trim along with the specific location. Thus, you can easily install it in the future.

Initiate from The Middle

  • You might know that vinyl floors are installed on the perimeters. That means the middle floor does not have any adhesive or glue. Take a utility knife and start cutting straight down the vinyl floor’s middle portion.
  • Now, measure around 12 inches to the left or right. It’s time to cut a strip aligned with the first one. Try to cut strips as narrow as possible to streamline the task.
  • Rolling the vinyl is the next step as you proceed towards the strip’s length.
  • Once you complete the process, start elevating the vinyl strip as long as you feel the barrier of glue adjacent to the perimeter.
  • Take a 5-in-1 scraper to detach the vinyl. If you experience resistance, you should use the hammer along with a pry bar to get rid of the hardened adhesive.

How To Remove Glued Sections

  • After eliminating all the glued parts, you need to start focusing on the glued perimeter. 
  • Take help of the flat part of the pry bar to remove the glue below the vinyl flooring.
  • You should try to chip away the glue as much as possible. Use a 5-in-1 tool to remove the remaining adhesive.

How To Remove Adhesive From The Vinyl Subfloor

  • If you think some adhesive is still present on the subfloor, you should make a solution of soap and warm water for soaking the glue. Gently wipe away the remaining part.
  • If the solution is not enough for removing the adhesive, use a heat gun to soften the remaining part. Then, scrape away the remaining portion.

The Cleaning Process

  • Once you remove the entire vinyl floor, take help of a wet or dry vacuum or broom to collect all rubbish materials of that space.
  • If you want to offer vinyl recycling, you can contact a recycling center.

Removal Of Vinyl Flooring From Concrete

  • Concrete is one of the most natural kinds of subfloor for removing vinyl flooring efficiently. However, you should apply the correct strategy.
  • First, cut the flooring into strips of around six-inch width. It’s time for elevating the linoleum to extract linoleum glue. You can also use a heat gun to soften the adhesive followed by pulling it off.
  • Use a floor scraper to extract the remaining adhesive. It is also a good idea to use a solution of dish soap and water to soften the glue. You only need to soak it overnight in the solution. Lastly, take out the linoleum glue by using a paint scraper.

If you want to add a self-leveling concrete or plywood, the removal of the vinyl floor will elevate the subfloor. It won’t smoothly join the adjacent floors. 

The height difference can create inconvenience for elders and guests. Moreover, it can also make it challenging to relocate your furniture sets and electric appliances. So, consider this aspect before removing your vinyl flooring.