When old floor coverings must be removed—as is the case with many projects—thorough and careful removal work is essential to the quality of the new flooring installation.
The difficulty of flooring removal depends on the type of floor covering and the method which was used to install it. Carpet and perimeter-bond vinyl are generally quite easy to remove, and vinyl tiles are relatively simple. Full-spread sheet vinyl can be difficult to remove, however, and removing ceramic tile is a lot of work.
With any removal project, be sure to keep your tool blades sharp and avoid damaging the underlayment if you plan to reuse it. If you’ll be replacing the underlayment, it may be easier to remove the old underlayment along with the floor covering.Tools: Floor scraper, utility knife, spray bottle, wallboard knife, wet/dry vacuum, heat gun, hand maul, masonry chisel, flat pry bar, end-cutting nippers.