Cork Flooring: Kitchen Removal Cork Flooring: Kitchen Removal

What You'll Need
A utility knife
A metal ruler
A scraper
A hammer
A chisel
A hair dryer
A scrub brush
Adhesive remover

A cork flooring in the kitchen creates a warm and luxurious atmosphere. Over time, these floors can become worn and damaged. Cork flooring that has been adhered to a floor will require a great deal of effort to remove. By using the correct tools, you can make the removal process easier and less time consuming.

Step 1 – Cutting the Cork Floor

Use your utility knife to carefully cut the cork floor into squares or strips. Firmly run the blade of your utility knife along the edge of your metal ruler. Be careful using the knife. Run the knife sideways and not toward you in order to prevent any accidental injuries.

Step 2 – Removing the Floor Molding

Remove any floor molding around the kitchen before you begin the flooring removal process. The molding should be secured to the wall and not the floor. Slide your scraper between the molding and the wall. Gently pull on the scraper in order to loosen the molding from the wall. Be careful not to do any damage to the wall or the molding. Use your hands to pull away the loose molding.

Step 3 – Loosening the Cork Floor

Slide your scraper under the edge of one of your cut squares or strips. Push the scraper further under the flooring and then pull up firmly on the scraper to loosen the cork from the floor. Pull the pieces of loosened cork off the floor with your hands. Force the edge of the scraper along the surface of the floor to remove any cork or adhesive that is difficult to loosen. If necessary, use your hammer and chisel to remove any difficult cork. Tap the chisel with your hammer. Be careful not to apply too much force. This could damage the floor below the cork flooring.

Step 4 – Removing the Adhesive

Use your hair dryer to remove any adhesive that is stuck to the floor. Set the heat setting to high and turn on the hair dryer. Be careful to keep the heat away from your skin to prevent any accidental burn injuries. Aim the heat from the hair dryer on the stubborn adhesive areas in order to soften the glue. Use your scraper to remove the softened adhesive from the floor. Be sure to work in small areas. Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the adhesive remover before you begin. Apply the remover to the adhesive. Use your scrub brush to rub any remaining adhesive from the floor.

Step 5 – Finishing the Removal Process

Place all of the old cork flooring and adhesive into an appropriate receptacle. Be sure to dispose of the flooring and adhesive properly. Use a broom to sweep any dust and debris from the subfloor.

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