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Tips for Removing Vinyl Plank Flooring

plumb_bob | Posted in General Questions on

Have to remove some glued down vinyl plank flooring, I anticipate this will be tedious and awful. Sub floor is standard spruce T&G plywood.

Any good tips?

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  1. Expert Member
    Michael Maines | | #1

    I haven't done this but probably a glue scraper, which is similar to an ice scraper. Consider renting a wood flooring edge sander or even a drum sander to deal with stuck-on glue.

  2. walta100 | | #2

    Most glues will let go if you apply heat from a heat gun.

    As a last resort you can freeze the tiles with dry ice that will break the glues bond.

    Planks sound like a newer floor but test older tiles and glue for asbestos?


  3. Expert Member
    DCcontrarian | | #3

    Often older glues are dissolved by paint thinner, you get a puddle on the floor and work an edge with a scraper. Do it in nice weather when you can have the windows open, the fumes are no joke.

    Newer glues seem to be polyurethan based and are pretty impervious, a heat gun will soften them though.

    Often it ends up being a fool's errand to try and save the subflooring.

  4. plumb_bob | | #4

    This is a section of floor from my last phase of renovation about 9 years ago that I am tying into a new addition. I have yet to break through and actually see how my new level floor will match up with the old existing floor compared to the reference points I used during construction.

    I will try the heat gun, good idea.

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