Is your kitchen dark and gloomy? Do you find it difficult to locate the things that you need to cook, bake or serve meals? If you are unhappy with the look or layout of your kitchen, a kitchen renovation is in order. One of the best decisions I have ever made was hiring a remodeling contractor to assist me with the renovation of my kitchen. This contractor had some great ideas for storage, organization and layout that I never would have thought of. If you are considering renovation work in your home, this blog can help you find ways that a remodeling contractor can help you make the most of the project.
Do you want to remove the linoleum floor in your bathroom and replace it with tile? This is a very common bathroom remodel because it adds style and value to the room. Tile is also a great material for bathrooms because it is water resistant and easy to clean. Upgrading to tile from linoleum is a project that you might be able to handle on your own, without hiring a professional contractor. Removing the linoleum is one aspect of the job that you can do on your own. It is a labor-intensive task, but it is easy if you have the right tools.
Start at the Edges
When it comes to removing linoleum, you want to start at the edges of the wall. If the linoleum is under the baseboard or cabinet molding, you will need to create your own edge by cutting it away. Many people try to cut their linoleum by using a box cutter, but this is not the easiest way. You will have more luck if you have a hammer and a putty knife with a flat end. For instance, a stiff knife with a 2" blade works well. Place the blade firmly against the floor and strike it with the hammer. It should only take a strike or two to cut all the way through the linoleum.
Peeling the Linoleum Up
To peel the linoleum up, you will need to chisel it away with a the putty knife. The key is to try and chisel underneath the glue. This is where you will really have to use some elbow grease and patience to get it all up. If the putty knife is not strong enough, you can use a sharp chisel to knock away the glue. A chisel that is too sharp might cut through the linoleum and gouge the floor. You can also invest in small floor-scraping blades that allow you to scrape away the leftover glue and residue after the flooring is mostly removed.
Here are some problems you might encounter as you go: there will be large patches of glue that might be very difficult to remove. In other parts of the floor, the linoleum will pull away with ease. While you are pulling up the flooring, it might tear into strips. The job might get messy, so be prepared.
In the end, you might need to sand your subfloor to make it flat. The flatter the sublfoor is, the easier the tile installation will be. At this point, you can install the tile on your own, or have a professional like Foothill Bath, Kitchen, Window Corp. or others come finish the job. Either way, it will save you money in the long run.