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DIY linoleum floor removalDIY linoleum floor removal. Four words which can easily cause anyone to go into a panic. If you’ve done it before, you know precisely what this means, if you haven’t, you’re in for a labor-intensive experience that rivals practically any home improvement project. This is due to the fact of how linoleum flooring is installed (it’s meant to stay put for life). So, it isn’t exactly a walk in the park to take it out and that’s just the half of it, by the way — there’s another challenge — linoleum flooring disposal.

Linoleum Flooring Disposal

Like other types of engineered flooring, linoleum can be manufactured to look like wood flooring, stone flooring, or practically any other type of flooring material. Another big advantage to linoleum is that it is super easy to clean and maintain. However, though it’s got only a few negatives, like the fact that it is susceptible to damage from sharp objects.

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. —ImproveNet.com

One of its most problematic attributes is the fact that linoleum does not typically age well. It generally becomes brittle over time (and usually discolors, as well). Which means it’s harder to take up off the subfloor because brittle linoleum will break into small pieces, making it more difficult to remove as a whole.

Waldorf DIY Linoleum Floor Removal

Linoleum is a great flooring choice because it’s low-cost and very durable. Plus, it comes in a wide variety of styles. So, it makes for the perfect solution for many spaces. But, it’s susceptible to damage from sharp objects and even pets. So, here’s how to go about linoleum floor removal:

  1. Test for asbestos first. One problem with linoleum and older types of construction materials is these might contain asbestos. To be sure there is no asbestos present, you need to test the flooring first. If it does come up containing asbestos, you’ll need to call in a removal service. If none is present, then you can take up the linoleum on your own.
  2. Pull the linoleum off the subfloor. Go to a corner and try to pull it up away from the subfloor. This is perhaps one of the most difficult parts of removing linoleum but it’s necessary. If this doesn’t work in the corners, you can cut into the linoleum to grab it and begin to pull it up. You’ll probably need a floor scraper and other tools to remove it from the subfloor.
  3. Remove the adhesive from the subfloor. Now, you’ll have to deal with the adhesive left on the subfloor. This is going to present a challenge because it won’t come off easily. You’ll need to use a strong adhesive remover.
  4. Repair and clean the subfloor. Finally, once the adhesive is off the subfloor, you’ll need to repair and clean the subfloor to make it ready to cover with new flooring. This isn’t the time to take shortcuts because the new flooring will need a solid foundation.

When you’re done taking up that linoleum floor and need to remodeling debris disposal, go ahead and phone 888-537-7445 or visit Haul Junk Away.

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