Vinyl Sheet Flooring DisposalLike 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. —ImproveNetThis 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.
Pittsburg Vinyl Sheet Flooring Removal GuideTo begin the 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:
- Conduct an asbestos test to start. The first order of business is to test the linoleum for the presence of asbestos. This is particularly important if the flooring dates back to the 1970’s or even the 1980’s. It’s possible for the linoleum to contain some level of asbestos. If so, you’ll need to hire a pro service.
- Carefully remove the vinyl sheet flooring. Start with a corner and attempt to pull up the linoleum from that corner over to the opposing side. If it’s glued down, you won’t be able to pull it off the subfloor. So, use a floor scraper to remove the linoleum.
- 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.