Question by  sportskat (11)

How do I go about removing linoleum?

I have some really old linoleum I want to remove and replace.


Answer by  Chupacabra (174)

You can typically score the linoleum from the top with a utility knife and scrape the linoleum up from the subfloor with a heavy-duty scraper. Use heat-gun if necessary.


Answer by  alrac (197)

Find and edge and start pulling. If it's glued down really well, you will have to use adhesive remover. Try using a stiff scraper to get under the linoleum. Many old glues and flooring have asbestos in them. If this might be an issue, you should get it checked.


Answer by  SIDDHU (861)

It becomes more difficult to remove the linoleum which has become old and it also depends on the adhesive that has been used. So start removing it slowly portion by portion or else the tiles down may crack. Since it is stuck tight be patient and do the work slowly even though it may be time consuming.


Answer by  SandyG (807)

Older linoleum floors contain asbestos & it is better to install the new floor over it. Removal requires a professional to do it right and safely.


Answer by  dpauleyii (843)

You can scrape the linoleum with a spade. The difficult part is removing the old glue. Go to your hardware store and ask them for glue stripper.

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