Below you lay the new floor covering you need to remove the old finishing – here is some tips on removing the old linoleum from the subfloor.
You will need:
- a spatula of medium size
- latex gloves
- acetone solvent
- a protection mask
Before you begin, put on old clothes, rubber gloves and a mask to protect the respiratory system. Open all the windows in the room – this dismantling work is going to be dirty, so it requires good ventilation.
First of all you should dismantle the baseboard. Then tear off the old linoleum. In case it’s very old, it can be removed by simply pulling it with your hands. You can also work with a spatula or a scraper.
In those places where the coating is not far behind from the floor, pour some acetone solvent. Try to pour it a little bit at the junction with the floor. The solvent will soften the glue, so the removing linoleum from the floor will be much easier.
Once you are able to remove the old linoleum, immediately scrape off the floor from all adhesive residue until it is dried up again. Using a spatula, gently lift each piece and tear it off. Some tiles on the floor will come off easily, but some will take a little more of your effort and time. Anyway, the solvent tends to evaporate quickly. You should be careful and attentive – take your time.
How to remove old linoleum from concrete screed
If the linoleum is glued to concrete, the removing process will be more complicated. But this task is not impossible. Here is a step-by-step instructions on how to remove linoleum from concrete screed.
You will need:
Using a razor knife, cut the linoleum into rectangles of small size. This will greatly facilitate your work. Pick up a piece of linoleum with a scraper and see if it comes off. If it is succumbed, consider yourself as a happy person! This means you can remove the flooring easily. If the pieces do not come off, take them using sharp scraper and acetone. The flooring will be removed, but in a more difficult way.
First, you need to cut or tear the top layer of the coating. This can be done with a sharp scraper. In this case, some residues will remain glued to the floor. If the area is large, you can try using an electric scraper. But usually the handwork is faster and more reliable.
Removing linoleum using boiling water
When dismantling of the top layer is finished, pour boiling water over the floor surface. Wait a few minutes and begin to scrub again. This work is dirty, but you will be able to remove the old linoleum completely. Moreover, the boiling water will kill most of bacteria that always exist under the old flooring – billions of billions of them. For water not to be spread throughout the apartment, surround the old flooring by cloths.
Removing the linoleum with solvent
If the methods mentioned above do not work for some reason, you will have to try one more radical way: acetone or solvent. Before you pour the acetone on the floor, put on rubber gloves and a mask. Work with the windows open. Leave the acetone for a while. Then begin to scrape the softened pieces with a spatula.
IMPORTANT: Working with boiling water, acetone, a razor knife and a scraper is quite dangerous – be careful! You should protect your health completely! Take your time, work out every single step of your work. Works of this type have to be performed in a very thoughtful way.