Laminate floors are one of the most popular types of flooring found in people’s homes. It is less expensive, it looks great and it is very easy to maintain. Changing up laminate flooring is also a very easy task. A lot of people, however, don’t know the right process on how to remove the floors properly and this is why they experience difficulties when doing so. This guide will help you to remove laminate flooring like a pro.
- Know When To Remove Them
The most important thing that you need to know is when to remove the flooring and replace them with new ones. Look for the signs which show that your laminate flooring is getting old. These signs usually include wear and tear, gaps between each plank, scratches and chips. These signs should not be overlooked and you should immediately change these floors if something gets damaged or if your floorboards below the floors start to get damaged beyond repair. In order to prevent this happening, follow the steps mentioned below to remove your floors perfectly.
- What You Will Need
All you really need for a successful laminate flooring removal are safety gloves to protect your hands, a mask to help keep the dust away from your face especially if you are someone who suffers from allergies, a scraper which will help you to remove flooring boards easily and an adhesive scraper which will remove the remaining adhesive from the floorboards and the laminate flooring planks. Once you have all the items you need, it’s time to evacuate the room. Make sure you remove all of the furniture, shelves and anything that is on the floor, because you don’t need it to mingle with your floor removing process.
- Start At One Corner
The best way to start with removing your laminate floors is to start at one corner. Slowly push the scraper or a small and thin object between the cracks of the plank and pull up. You will see that the laminate planks will start to pop up. Slowly go around the perimeter of the plank and loosen up the entire plank from the grip of the adhesive. This will make it a lot easier for you to remove the plank once it has been released. Remember that doing this step slowly will be efficient and effective, so don’t rush it.
- Remove The Excess Adhesive
Now that you have the plank removed and let’s say that you want to say this plank, then you need to remove the excess adhesive from the plank as well as from the floorboards. Removing the adhesive is important because this will make the floorboards smooth and the next installation will be easier. To do this, you will need an adhesive scraper with a tapered end. You can scrape off the glue in a similar way as you would scrape off frozen ice from the walls of your freezer.