How to Remove Vinyl Tile

Removing vinyl tile is a fairly easy but time-consuming job. You will need a few basic tools and materials at your disposal and a basic knowledge of DIY will be helpful. Generally, if you want to install new flooring in a room in your home, you will need to remove the old floor. In some cases, you can simply install the new floor over an old one, but this entirely depends on the materials that you are using. Removing vinyl tiles will take a while, so make sure you have plenty of time to get the job done. You will no doubt find that it will be worth the effort in the end.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Metal scraper
  • Heat gun
  • Vinyl floor adhesive remover

Step 1 – Make Preparations

First, make sure that the room is clear of any furniture. It is also a good idea to make sure that the floor is fairly clean. You may want to consider wearing safety goggles for protecting your eyes from any flying debris when you are scraping off the old tiles.

Step 2 – Scrape Off Tiles

To remove the tiles from the surface of the floor, you will need to scrape them up, breaking the adhesive which attaches them to the floor. For the most part, you can simply do this with a metal scraper. To begin, thoroughly examine the floor to see if there are any loose tiles. It is far easier to start with a loose tile. If there are no loose tiles, start at one of the edges of the room, where you can get the scraper in under the edge of one of the tiles and gently pry it up.

When you use the scraper to pry up one of the tiles, it should come off quite easily, partly loosening the surrounding tiles at the same time. This will make the job much easier to continue with.

Step 3 – Heat Surface to Loosen Adhesive

Depending on the way in which the floor is installed, some floors may be more difficult to remove than others. In many cases, the adhesive will still be stuck to the floor. Applying heat to the surface can soften the adhesive, making it easier to remove the tiles. You can also use a hair dryer for this job. Use it on the hottest setting and apply a concentrated amount of heat onto the surface. You should find that it is easier to remove afterwards.

Step 4 – Remove Remaining Adhesive

However carefully you do the job, there will be plenty of abrasive remaining on the floor. This residue will need to be thoroughly removed before installing a new floor. You can find a special floor adhesive remover at any home improvement store. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions and apply this adhesive to the floor, scraping up any remaining residue. Finally, thoroughly clean the floor in preparation for laying new flooring down.