Vinyl Sheet Floor DisposalLike other types of engineered flooring, vinyl sheet or 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.comOne of its most problematic attributes is the fact that vinyl sheeting 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.
DIY Vinyl Sheet Floor Removal Guide for Kirkwood ResidentsVinyl sheet flooring 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 sheet vinyl floor removal:
- 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.
- Carefully pull up the vinyl sheeting. You can generally start to pull up linoleum from a corner. Try this first, but, if that’s not an option, you can score it with a utility knife, then, carefully wedge a putty knife under it to be able to grasp it and pull it up.
- Take all the adhesive off the subfloor. Use a strong adhesive remover to absorb and/or dissolve the adhesive on the subfloor. Be sure to use a product that’s safe for your type of subfloor and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully for the best results.
- lean and disinfect the entire subfloor. Finish up by cleaning the subfloor and disinfecting it with bleach. Then, allow it to fully dry out and you can install a new floor covering thereafter.