Vinyl Removal for Ceramic Tile

Old 04-14-10, 07:53 AM
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Vinyl Removal for Ceramic Tile

I am going to tile my 120 sq ft kitchen with porcelain tile, but it now has sheet vinyl over concrete. I have looked at some long handled floor scrapers and one is 7 inches wide and the other is 14 inches wide. Is wider better or more difficult to use?

I noticed the blades on the long handled scrapers are square edge and not sharpe like a knife while the small hand scrapers are razor sharp. Is square edge for rough work and sharp edge for adhesive clean-up?

What is the most effective way to remove the vinyl and the adhesive in preparation for the tile?
Old 04-14-10, 08:39 AM
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I use a 7inch scraper. I was lucky though, my old floor pulled up very very easily. I had my 120sqft kitchen pulled up in less then 10 mins. Some minor scraping to get some residual adhesive up though.

Also, a heat gun helps alot if your floor is stubborn. Your arms and hands will probably be pretty sore.

I always recommend wear safety glasses and a dust mask.
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wider is harder. use a 4" razor scraper and change blades often. if u pull off the top layer of the vinyl and the paper and adhesive remains wet with water let soak 30 min. then scrape that will make life easier.
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I used a 4" razor scraper along with my clothes iron. Just lay the hot iron on the area ahead of where you are going to scrape. Makes the glue relax and the vinyl sheet comes up easier. Be careful.

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