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sheet vinyl removal help

Posted by bkmena (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 19, 12 at 23:36

We are having ceramic tile installed next week. We need to remove sheet vinyl from our kitchen and laundry room. Surely,someone on the forum has done this before and has some tips. Appreciate any ideas to complete this project.

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RE: sheet vinyl removal help

It depends on how it was installed. Best way to find out is pull up along the edges and see. If you've got a transition strip nailed down, pry that up and then go at it with the floor.

RE: sheet vinyl removal help

Most vinyl flooring, other than that of recent years, is a multi-layered construction of a felt-like backing, a foam cushion middle layer and a design/wear layer over that. How old is your vinyl floor and what is its construction?

RE: sheet vinyl removal help

I don't know the exact age of the flooring, but I'd guess 15-20 yrs.

It is on concrete slab.

Tried a heatgun...didn't make much difference.
Scraped with a floor scraper which took of the plastic layer-leaving paper like layer. Ideas?

RE: sheet vinyl removal help

You really need to get it down to the slab. There is a tool...I think it's called "The Black Widow," that fits into a Sawzall (reciprocating saw) that looks a bit like a 4" or 6" chisel. Used properly, it really helps to dig up the old vinyl.

If you get it down to the cardboard-like material, sponge on a lot of hot water to loosen it. It should scrape up pretty easily after that.

RE: sheet vinyl removal help

My steam mop helps to loosen the paper/adhesive for easier scraping. But we still have quite a task ahead of us. The stuff should be outlawed :)

RE: sheet vinyl removal help

"The stuff should be outlawed"

If it is mineral fiber asbestos, it already is. If your floor is only 15 - 20 years old, it is unlikely that it has an asbestos felt backing.

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