How to Remove Linoleum Floor Tiles How to Remove Linoleum Floor Tiles

What You'll Need
Floor scraper
Heat gun
Belt sander
60-grit sandpaper
Eye protection

If you need to remove linoleum floor tiles so you can put in new flooring, you are in for a labor-intensive task. Be certain that your linoleum floors do not contain asbestos before you begin this project. As you work, be sure to use eye protection and ventilator, and open all available windows as the heated glue is toxic.

Step 1 – Heat Tiles

The best way to start is to hold the heat gun at the seam of two adjacent linoleum floor tiles for about two minutes. When the tiles heat up, they will be soft, and the heat will also melt the glue underneath the tiles.

Step 2 – Scrape Tiles

Scrape up the linoleum floor tiles you just heated with the floor scraper. If the tiles are resistant, heat again. Continue scraping until the tiles start coming off the floor without much effort.

Step 3 – Repeat

Continue removing the tiles, repeating Steps 1 and 2. Reheat each area as required.

Step 4 – Remove Glue

There will ultimately be residual glue on the subfloor after you have removed the tiles. The most efficient means of removal is to continue with the heat gun and floor scraper. In areas that are resisting the heating process, resort to the hammer and chisel. This may be labor intensive, but it is a tried and true method of glue removal.

Step 5 – Sand Floor

To remove all remnants of glue, use a belt sander. To tackle glue around the corners and edges, you should use 60-grit sandpaper to wear it down. Removing linoleum floor tiles is hard work, but the look of your new floor will make it all worthwhile.

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