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How to Remove Vinyl and Ceramic Tile Floor Coverings
Here are some tips on how to make this very messy job just a bit easier.
First start by removing all the baseboard moldings.
If you will be removing vinyl tiles then first start at a seam and pry it up with a long handle floor scraper held underneath the tile at about a 45 degree angle. Push outward to break the glue.
You may need to use a heat gun to help loosen it.
Then take the drywall knife and scrape up
the bits of glue that are left. Use soap and water and your paint scraper
to clean what is left.
Use your sheetrock knife to lift up any
glue and ripped off pieces that remain and wash with soap and water. Use your
long handled floor scraper to scrape up any remaining linoleum bits and sweep
and clean with soap and water.
Cut the carpet into two foot pieces across the length of the room and then roll them up. The padding may be glued or stapled or possibly will fused to the floor from heat. You may need your long handled floor scraper to remove the stubborn padding. Use pliers to remove any staples or tacks that remain. If the carpet was glued down cut it into 8" strips and pull it up and use a floor scraper to remove the glue that is left.
In many areas you can recycle old carpet and padding so check it out before dumping it in the dumpster.
Be sure to wear your safety glasses and respirator, plus gloves to protect your hands from tacks and sharp edges when removing old flooring.