How To Remove Laminate Flooring

  • 4-12 hours
  • Beginner
  • 75-200
What You'll Need
Razor floor scraper (for concrete sub-floors)
Wedge scraper (for wood sub-floors)
Flooring compound
Skill Saw (available for rental)

Follow these simple steps to remove laminate flooring for repairs or to make room for a new floor.

Precautionary Note

If your floor is older than 30 years, of if your house was built prior to 1977, have a contractor test for asbestos before you start removing the planks. A lot of older adhesives contained asbestos and/or lead. Breathing this can be dangerous.

Step 1—Cut down the middle of each plank with the saw. This will help to break up any adhesive that may be difficult to remove.

Step 2—Use your chisel and mallet to tap the planks out of place.

Step 3—Use your razor floor scraper to remove any residual adhesive left on the concrete sub-flooring. Use the wedge scraper to do the same thing for the wood sub-flooring.

Step 4—Fill in any cracks or dents using the flooring compound.

Your subfloor is now ready to install a new floor.