How to Remove Vinyl Floors

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert contractor Mark Le Mon demonstrates how to remove vinyl floors.

    Mark Le Mon: I am Mark Le Mon Project Manager and you are learning how to tile. Okay, so we are moving the vinyl floor and some of the tools you might need are floor scraper like this, hammer and a flat bar with the nail puller. Start off by removing the trim, should pull out pretty easily and then you are pull the vinyl back up. Once you get the trim off, it should be fairly easy to pull up the vinyl. You might have to help it along. Okay so now we are going to proceed in taking up the coat in the old vinyl floor. It usually comes up pretty easily, you get the first piece and sticks on the outside. Alright once you have remove the coat we are going to proceed with the underlayment and once you remove the underlayment we are down to the simpler. Okay, so we are removing the underlayment that was underneath the vinyl floor and this is a little more tedious job. You want to make sure that you would be careful that you don't get a nail in your knee. So you have got the flat bar banging on there. With a little pull you try to take it up as large piece as possible that is going to get a lot of staples. You should be careful as you go. As I said you knock down any staples that you see sticking up. When you come to the edge you will find more staples than you really want to deal with, which is where I came to right now. A lot of time, but you will get there. Alright, I will get this up and then I will show you how to lay the underlayment for tile. Okay we are down to putting the underlayment for the tiles. This is a standard cementious board, there are some other boards that are actually cement with a nylon mesh but this is a cement fiber board. Comes out from many different vendors. It is hard, it's water impervious and it holds back everything. So what I am going to do now is I am going to be adhering the cement board down to the sub floor by using a standard staple gun compressor. If you don't have a compressor staple gun, you can use ridged nails, rink shanks. They are a little harder, a little longer but I will show you how fast this can be.