Removing Linoleum Tile Flooring

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Linoleum tile flooring – Linoleum is a resilient flooring product made from linseed oil, wood dust and other natural materials. Homeowners have used this product since the late 19th century to cover the floors in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and other areas. While linoleum has had a resurgence in popularity in recent years, the old linoleum floors make a home look dated. Before replacing your linoleum with a new flooring, remove the existing floor to create a smooth, flat surface.

Remove all floor molding or trim from around the base of your walls. Use a pry bar to gently pry the trim from the wall. Remove all nails and trim set aside for recycling. Cut linoleum tile flooring into strips using a utility knife. Create sections no wider than six inches to make them easier to remove. Replace the blade of your knife frequently to reduce the difficulty of this task. Push the edge of your floor scraper blade of a section of tile. Scrape the bottom of the tile to separate it from the floor.

Heat the tiles and the adhesive by means of a heat gun. Keep the heat gun on a foot away from the floor and heating the tile for 60 seconds. When the slab is heated, it will become more flexible and may be easier to scrape away. Place a folded towel over recalcitrant parts of floors and pour hot water on the towel. Let the water sit for a few minutes to soak into the tile and glue, then use your squeegee to scrape the tiles from the wood floor. Sand the floor to remove any remaining adhesive or linoleum tile flooring backing. Refinish wood floors as desired or install a new floor surface over the top of a wooden sub floor.

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