Vinyl Flooring DisposalAnother obstacle you’ll face when you take up a vinyl floor is what to do with the debris materials. It’s not exactly household trash, so that means you can just stuff it into a curbside garbage bin. But, you can take the opportunity to offload a bunch of other junk, at the same time. All you need to do is bring a local junk hauler to the location and get rid of all that stuff you don’t need or don’t use.
Let’s be clear: It’s no fun to remove vinyl flooring. Peeling up the material itself is no picnic, but the real trial is to get rid of the glue that had been securing the vinyl to the subfloor. The only silver lining here is that while tedious and time-consuming, it’s certainly not complicated to remove vinyl flooring. No special tools or advanced skills are required. It’s really only a matter of elbow grease. —Bob Vila.comAlso, you could discover some unpleasant surprises, like what’s known in the flooring industry as “pet damage.” Essentially, this is a euphemism for dry, stale pet urine stains soaked into the subfloor. Which means you might need to get rid of any more stuff, as well.
Pacheco Vinyl Flooring Removal and Disposal GuideTo begin the vinyl flooring removal process, you’ll first need to empty out the room. Don’t leave anything behind, including any decor and/or furniture. This only presents a risk of damage and that’s something you’ll want to avoid.
- Start in a corner. To pull up vinyl flooring, you’ll need to start in a corner, because that’s where you’ll have the most luck. So, pick a corner or two and pick at them to start to pull the vinyl away from the subfloor.
- Scrape away the adhesive. It’s highly likely you’ll need to use a floor scraper to remove the vinyl from the subfloor, which will expose the adhesive underneath. Scrape the adhesive but do so carefully to avoid gauging the subfloor.
- Amply apply adhesive remover. Next, you’ll need to take the adhesive off the subfloor. The scraper will only go so far. So, use adhesive remover to take up the remnants.
- Dry and clean the subfloor to finish. To finish the job, you’ll need to let the subfloor dry and then disinfect and clean it. Thereafter, you can put down new flooring.