I just pulled up some linoleum today. It came off pretty easily, except
around the counters. I'm in a condo where they laid the linoleum first,
then put the counters in. Efficient for setting up a kitchen, but sucks
for the poor sap like me that wants it gone. I used a utility
knife,made a few cuts, and it came up pretty well. Like I said, around
the cabinets it was a bit of a pain, but it came out in bits and pieces.
The bit under the dishwasher was the worst.
cool. I'll start tomorrow and share my findings. a buddy of mine that
does concrete staining and the like told me to expect a bunch of black
sealant/gunk underneath. we shall see.....
Could be. In my case, the glue left a bit of a film, but nothing that a
little elbow grease and a putty knife, or some solvents couldn't fix.
The gross bit was when I discovered leftover wet oatmeal, or something
with oatmeal consistency under the dishwasher.
I pulled up Lineolium in my bathroom, 24 year old linoleum. Came up very
easily. Left some glue stains and some residue. I got some adhesive
remover from Home Depot. Paint it on, let it sit 30 minutes, scrape off
with a putty knife. That stuff will remove anything left stuff to the
If you plan to put down new linolemium/vinyl tiles, then make sure you take
your type with the adhesive remove and make sure it's really clena. Run over
it with some turpentine or mineral spiirits afterwards. When completel dry,
paint on a layer of latex primer and the floor is ready for new glue/self
I bet it's not real linoleum. If it's the resiliient sheet (or tile)
flooring made in the middle of the 20th century (as I understand it,
up to the late '70s) it's probably vinyl-asbestos, the key word being
Do a google search for asbestos floors; one hit is at
In general you'll find advice ranging from "be very careful" to "leave
it in place".
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