Vinyl Floor Disposal OptionsBefore you start on that vinyl floor removal project, understand that it’s not like throwing out any household trash. Actually, it’s considered remodeling or construction debris. Meaning, you can’t just put it in the trash bin. So, the local trash collection agency won’t pick it up.
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 VilaThis means you’ll have to dispose of it properly. In other words, you’ll have to take it the right place to have it disposed of according to environmental laws. Sure, that’s time consuming and that’s why it’s a good idea to bring in a local junk removal company to take care of it for you. This way, you can also offload a bunch of other unwanted stuff.
Vinyl Floor Removal Guide for Fremont Property OwnersWhatever the reason, understand this won’t be like taking out old carpet. Vinyl or laminate flooring isn’t stretched across the floor and held in place with tacking strips as is carpet. It’s typically glued directly to the subfloor. Here’s a short guide for how to do vinyl floor removal:
- Pull up a corner. Much like removing carpet from a space, you need to start in a corner. This is where it’s easiest to grab hold of the vinyl to pull up. If one corner is too difficult, just try another. Use pliers or another tool to grab a corner and begin to pull it away from the subfloor. But, do this will caution so you don’t damage the subfloor.
- Scrape the adhesive off the subfloor. Use a floor scraper to remove the adhesive from the subfloor. Be careful not to gouge into the subfloor or to run the floor scraper into walls or cabinets. Remove any adhesive that does not come up using a scraper with adhesive remover. Follow the manufacturer’s application instructions carefully.
- Clean 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.