Pulling up linoleum flooring, though it may look like a simple job, can actually be a challenging and laborious task. That’s why if you’re planning to remove your home’s current linoleum, you should allot a whole day for this task. But it would help if you practice some effective techniques to help make this project easier. Here are some tips for you to remember when you want to pull up your linoleum flooring:
1. Consider putting new linoleum over your current one. It may be more practical if you just put over new linoleum specially if your current one is still in good condition. This is specially true if you have a suspicion that there may be traces of asbestos in the adhesive used for gluing the linoleum (this might be true if the linoleum is old, around 1970’s era).
Another word about asbestos—you could have your flooring checked for its presence by asbestos abatement professionals in your area. If your flooring checked positive for asbestos, it’s best that you hire a professional specially trained with asbestos handling to pull up your linoleum flooring.
2. Prepare your tools. Your job for pulling up the linoleum flooring will consist mostly of prying loose the linoleum from your floor, softening the adhesive, and scraping off the glue afterwards. For these tasks, you’d need a utility knife, a heat gun or hot water, and a flooring scraper.
3. Soften the adhesive. First, find out what type of flooring is underneath the linoleum so you could know the best technique for softening the adhesive.
If the flooring is concrete, you could cut the linoleum into strips, and then pour hot water all over the floor. Wait for the glue to soften (about a few minutes). Afterwards, you should be able to efficiently roll the strips of linoleum right off. You might need to do some scraping at some areas; use your scraping knife for this.
If the flooring is wooden, you could just use a heat gun instead of the hot water. Use your utility knife to pry out a corner of the linoleum, then blast the heat gun into the area underneath. This will soften the glue which will make it easier for you to roll back the linoleum.
4. Scrape off the remaining glue. While you’re peeling off the linoleum, you might notice that a lot of glue residue will remain on the floor. Use your scraper to peel off as much of the adhesive as you can. However, you have to be extra careful not to scratch the flooring.
5. Have your flooring sanded and refinished. Whether you will put a new linoleum over the floor or not, it’s better that you have the floor sanded. This will ensure a smooth, even finish that will make it easier to lay down new linoleum.
There you have it! These are just some of the things to remember when pulilng up linoleum flooring. It’s best that you enlist help from your friends, so you could cut have a faster – and more fun – time at this project. Good luck, and hope this helped you out!