DIY linoleum removal. It’s something that even seasoned professionals cringe at. That’s because it takes so much time and effort. But, that’s actually good news. This is because it doesn’t take specialized contracting skills. (That comes in when it’s time to replace it with a new material.) So, read on to learn more about DIY linoleum removal and what you need to know to make it happen.
Material Debris Disposal
Like most big home improvements, linoleum flooring removal is serious business. Not because it requires a host of specialized tools or skills. But, because it’s just difficult. It’s very work intensive and takes a whole lot of time and effort to get it done. And, also like a number of renovations, you’ll need to plan in advance for what to do with the remodeling debris.
One of the most frustrating home remodeling tasks is trying to remove an old linoleum or vinyl floor. Even when the linoleum is pulled off, things only get worse. Now you’re faced with gobs of old glue that seem harder than meteorites all over the floor. —Improvement.net
This is due to the fact that linoleum flooring can contain hazardous materials, like asbestos. For older homes, this is more likely and that means you can’t just toss it out on the curb or even put it in a dumpster you rent. It’s best to have a junk removal service come and pick it up, instead. This way, you won’t have to deal with the hauling or disposal.
DIY Linoleum Removal in Bradenton
To begin the linoleum floor replacement process, you’ll first need to empty out the room. Don’t leave anything behind, including any decor and/or furniture. Then, do the following to begin the DIY linoleum removal process:
- Test it for asbestos. It’s of utmost importance to first confirm it’s safe to proceed. Which means you need to test of asbestos to ensure that it’s safe to take up on your own or it requires a professional service.
- Pull the linoleum up. As for the actual linoleum flooring removal, it starts in a corner. Pick a corner and use a knife and/or needle nose pliers to begin to peel it up from the subfloor underneath. Once you have part of it up, then pull up the rest gradually.
- Scrape off the adhesive. After the linoleum is off the subfloor, there will likely be adhesive patches about the room. Unfortunately, you can’t just leave the adhesive on the subfloor because it can cause unevenness and other problems. Use adhesive remover, following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.