Follow these simple steps to remove laminate flooring for repairs or to make room for a new floor.
If your floor is older than 30 years, of if your house was built prior to 1977, have a contractor test for asbestos before you start removing the planks. A lot of older adhesives contained asbestos and/or lead. Breathing this can be dangerous.
Step 1 — Cut down the middle of each plank with the saw. This will help to break up any adhesive that may be difficult to remove.
Step 2 — Use your chisel and mallet to tap the planks out of place.
Step 3 — Use your razor floor scraper to remove any residual adhesive left on the concrete sub-flooring. Use the wedge scraper to do the same thing for the wood sub-flooring.
Step 4 — Fill in any cracks or dents using the flooring compound.
Your subfloor is now ready to install a new floor.