Removing Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring has changed through the years, and if you are tired of your old vinyl flooring, consider replacing it. First decide if you are going to floor over it or remove it. Removing vinyl flooring is hard work, and can be dangerous if it contains asbestos, as pre-70's vinyl tiles did. Just be sure to learn how to tear out vinyl flooring before you tackle it. Want a new kitchen floor? There are lots of ideas to help.
Are you tired of looking at that old vinyl floor that has been in your kitchen since the 1970's? Then you need to replace it!
There are so many different flooring choices available for you to use in the kitchen and changing the flooring can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your kitchen. If you like the feel and ease of vinyl flooring, there are many newer patterns of vinyl flooring that can update your kitchen at a budget price. Whichever replacement flooring you choose, you need to evaluate whether or not the old vinyl flooring will need to be removed or not.
Many of the flooring choices can be laid directly over your old vinyl flooring, as long as it is flat and even. If there are just a few places where it is uneven, you can build these places up with floor filler to make the surface smooth and even. If the flooring is very uneven, you can lay down a 1/4-inch piece of plywood and then put your new flooring on top of that. Keep in mind that anything you add to the floors on top of your old flooring will make the thresholds that much higher too; it can also impact any appliances that fit under the counter, like your dishwasher. You will want to consider this before you do too much work. You may find that the height change may cause a tripping hazard. Check with your flooring expert to see what method they recommend for installing your new flooring.
If you just can't live with that old vinyl, even under your new flooring, then you will have to research different methods on how to tear out vinyl or vynal (as some people spell it). Before you come to this decision, you need to know that tearing out vinyl flooring is a hard job. Most of the time, it will take sweat and effort to get it up because there is no magic way to remove it. That's why, unless it is absolutely necessary, that you may not even want to try to remove the vinyl flooring.
Before removing the vinyl flooring, you need to check to see if there is asbestos in it. You can have your flooring tested to see if it does contain asbestos. Vinyl flooring made in the 1970's and before were made with asbestos backing, so you want to make sure that you remove it correctly for you and your family's health. Getting an asbestos removal company to remove it is the best method of having it removed because they have experience removing asbestos materials and will know the best and safest way to remove it from your home.
If your flooring was definitely made after the 1970's, you can remove it yourself. The best way to tear out vinyl flooring is to pull it up and then go back and remove the remaining glue and pieces of flooring. For sheet flooring (or rolled flooring), you will probably want to score the flooring into strips to make it easier to handle and pull up. Some people choose to use heat guns to soften the flooring's adhesive, making it easier to remove; some people just pull it up without any pre-work. Whichever method you choose, keep in mind that this process is going to take some time and effort, but it will be worth it in the end.
Now that you have your flooring up, you are probably looking at adhesive still on your subfloor. Removing this will take some tools and time. Using a long handled chisel to scrape the adhesive up as much as possible is one way to remove the adhesive. Using a heat gun to soften the adhesive may also work. Other experts suggest removing as much of the loose adhesive as possible and then laying the floor on top of the remaining adhesive. As long as you remove the loose adhesive and the rest of the surface is smooth, this should pose no problems for your new flooring.
You are now on your way to having a beautiful new kitchen floor. All you need to do now is to lay down your new flooring and enjoy the new look of your kitchen. Your kitchen will never look or feel the same.