How to Remove Linoleum Flooring 

Remove Linoleum Flooring 

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How to Remove Linoleum Flooring 

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During your grandma’s time, linoleum floors may have been trendy, but now they just seem antiquated. Perhaps the worn linoleum has finally worn you down, or you’ve just become weary of looking at the same old designs. For whatever reason, you’ve made up your mind that it’s time to remove linoleum flooring in your house and give it a fresh new appearance.

Now wait just a sec! The old linoleum must be scraped off before the installation of the new flooring can begin. Never fear, we’ve got your back. Step-by-step instructions for ripping up linoleum are provided in this article. We have all the advice you’ll need to make the whole process, from preparing the space to putting away the last touches, quick and painless.

Just put on your work gloves, brew some coffee, and settle down. There’s no better time than now to replace your dated linoleum flooring with something new. Okay, so let’s begin.


  • Preparation

It’s crucial to have everything ready before attempting to remove linoleum flooring. Here are the measures you should take to guarantee a smooth elimination:


Collect all the equipment and supplies you’ll need: 

A utility knife, putty knife, floor scraper, pliers, and heat gun are among the necessary instruments for removing linoleum flooring. You may also need a pail, a mop, and a scrub brush, as well as adhesive remover. Before you start, check that you have everything you’ll need.


Remove any unnecessary items from the room: 

Clear out the area where the linoleum will be removed, including any furniture you want to keep. You’ll have plenty of room to spread out and work, and your supplies will be safe from harm.


Turn off the electricity, water, and other services if required:

Disconnecting the sink, toilet, and dishwasher are just a few examples of the appliances and utilities that may need to be turned off before linoleum flooring can be removed from a kitchen or bathroom. Turn off the water and electricity before unplugging anything.


Take precautions for your own safety: 

Taking the necessary safety measures is essential before attempting to remove linoleum flooring. Put on a respirator mask, safety goggles, and gloves to protect yourself from inhaling toxic gases and particles. As an added precaution, ensure enough ventilation is present.


Take note: If you follow these instructions, you’ll have no trouble ripping up your linoleum flooring without damaging your home or yourself.


  • Removing the Linoleum Flooring

With the correct equipment and methods, removing linoleum flooring might be a more manageable task than it otherwise would be. Here are the measures to take while taking up linoleum:


Dividing the linoleum into workable pieces:

The linoleum floor must be chopped into manageable pieces before removal can begin. The linoleum won’t rip as easily and won’t become a pain to remove if you do this beforehand. Cut the linoleum into pieces about two feet wide using a utility knife.


Peeling up the linoleum: 

You may use a putty knife or a floor scraper to pry up the linoleum’s edges after you’ve cut it into portions. Raise the corner of the linoleum, and then carefully pull it up using your hands. Care must be taken to avoid tearing the linoleum, since this would only make the job more difficult. Work your way across the room in this manner until all of the linoleum has been taken up.

Taking off the linoleum’s backing and removing the adhesive: 

There may probably be adhesive on the subfloor once you take up the linoleum. This glue may be removed using a heat gun, an adhesive remover, or a floor scraper. Use extreme caution and familiarize yourself with all applicable safety guidelines before firing up the heat gun. Adhesive remover is efficient but might be a pain to clean up after. For extensive adhesive removal, a floor scraper is your best bet.


Getting rid of any lingering adhesive: 

It’s possible that some adhesive residue will remain even after you’ve removed the bulk of it. Use a scrub brush or mop dipped in a mix of hot water and dish soap to get rid of this residue. Mineral spirits or denatured alcohol may also be used as solvents, or you can purchase an adhesive remover specifically designed for this purpose.

It’s worth noting that different types of linoleum and adhesives call for different approaches when it comes to ripping up your floors. It’s possible that certain linoleum is simpler to remove than others, and that some adhesives call for specialized equipment or methods. You should probably hire an expert to help you rip up your linoleum if you have no idea what you’re doing.


  • Cleaning Up

After the old linoleum and glue have been taken away, the subfloor may be cleaned and readied for the installation of the new flooring. The procedure is as follows:


Getting rid of the old flooring and adhesive:  

Disposal of the old linoleum and adhesive should follow whatever rules are in place in your area. Find out whether there are any regulations for the disposal of these items from the local government. Hire an expert to help if you can’t figure out how to properly dispose of the stuff.


Taking care of the subfloor: 

Remove any leftover glue or dirt from the subfloor using a scraper or putty knife. Next, sweep or vacuum the subfloor to get rid of any lingering dirt or dust. Last but not least, wipe down the flooring with a moist mop or towel to remove any lingering dirt or debris.


Checking the subfloor for damage and potential repairs: 

Look for damage or wear on the subfloor before installing new flooring. Before installing new flooring, make sure there are no cracks, holes, or other damage that needs fixing. Before installing new flooring, inspect the subfloor for damage and make any required repairs.

The subfloor will be clean and ready for new flooring installation if you follow these guidelines. Preparation is the key to a successful flooring installation that will endure for years.

  • Maintenance

Flooring made of linoleum requires little care and lasts a long time. Dirt and debris might scrape or otherwise damage the surface if you don’t frequently sweep or vacuum them away. Quickly wipe up any accidents with a moist towel or mop to avoid permanent damage. Scratches and other damage may be caused by using cleaning chemicals that are too abrasive. Get a cleaner with a neutral pH that is made for linoleum floors. Use felt pads on the feet of your furniture to prevent scratches, and don’t drag heavy objects over the floor. With proper care, linoleum floors may last for many years without losing their luster.


Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs

Is there a good reason to tear up my linoleum floors?

Linoleum removal might be necessary for a number of reasons, such as when you wish to change the aesthetic of your house or when the subfloor has to be repaired.


Can I take up linoleum by myself?

DIY linoleum removal is possible if you have the right equipment and know-how. However, it may be advisable to consult a professional if you are hesitant or uneasy about the procedure.


When removing linoleum flooring, how long should I plan on spending?

Linoleum removal times may range from quite quick to extremely labor-intensive, depending on factors like floor size and difficulty. Linoleum floor removal might take many hours to an entire day.


Where should I take my old linoleum tiles or sheets?

For information on where and how to drop off your old linoleum flooring, contact your city hall. You may be allowed to throw it out with your ordinary garbage, but in other places you’ll need to carry it to a designated dump.


May I re-install the linoleum?

Linoleum flooring, once removed, is often not usable again. It may, however, be repurposed elsewhere provided it is in excellent shape and the removal was handled properly.


Final Words

Linoleum floor removal may seem like an insurmountable challenge, but it’s really rather simple if you have the appropriate equipment and approach. Following this guide’s instructions for linoleum removal will help ensure a smooth transition to your new floor. 

Wear protective gear and make sure the old linoleum flooring is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Removing old linoleum flooring is a tedious but worthwhile project that may completely transform the aesthetic of your house or company. Don’t be scared to tackle this do-it-yourself job and completely revamp your living quarters!

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Written By: Trisha Mae Raymundo


 Alex J
Alex J

Alex is the founder of the BFG, he has been in the flooring business for over 12 years and specialize in laying new floors, resurfacing old ones, and giving people practical advice on how to keep their floors looking beautiful.