- Posted by Lino
- On September 10, 2014
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There’s no nice way to put this – removing lino or vinyl floor covering is a difficult, dirty and time-consuming job. The sheeting is held down with a strong adhesive and it’s simply a matter of carefully using a scraper to lift and chip away the old covering.
Linoleum removing tools
There are many different tools available for the job:
- barbecue spatula
A hammer and chisel are used for really tough spots. A scraper can be used if the adhesive is not too strong. Once the sheeting is removed, attack the adhesive with a scraper and work your way systematically across the floor.
“A sander can then be used to remove the last little bits of glue and bring timber floorboards back to their original look,” says Chani Gelgor of Fixoligist.
Removing vinyl tiles
Removing vinyl tiles is a similar procedure as, once again, they are glued to the floor. Remove the tile with a scraper or chisel, but be careful not to damage the floorboards. Old vinyl tiles will tend to break into smaller pieces anyway.
Once the lino or vinyl tiles are removed, careful use of a heat gun can help soften the glue left on the floorboards – but it still requires a lot of dogged scraping.
“But be careful,” says Chani. “The heat is much hotter than a hairdryer, so make sure it doesn’t touch your skin or the floorboards.”
Be careful with asbestos
Prior to 1985, asbestos was used as a backing with some vinyl floor sheeting and tiles. It was also used with lino, though much less frequently. If you suspect your floor has asbestos backing, it’s important to get it tested prior to removal. Contact the National Association of Testing Authorities on how to safely have a sample tested. If asbestos is present it must be removed by a professional holding a ‘class A’ asbestos removal licence.
Linoleum removal tip
Remember, carpet, vinyl and lino floor coverings are large, bulky and unwieldy. Have a plan in place for their removal from your property when you are finished. You may need to hire a trailer and it’s worthwhile checking out dumping costs at your local waste facility.
Author: Kerryn Ramsey