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How Do I Remove Laminate Flooring?

By Paul Hambidge, Managing Director on 28th November 2016.

If your laminate flooring has become a little worse for wear, or if you just fancy a home makeover, it’s time to be out with the old and in with the new. Removing laminate flooring can easily be done as a DIY job and because laminate flooring is usually installed using the floating floor method and no glue, it can be removed fairly quickly. If you want to remove laminate flooring yourself, just gather these tools and follow this handy guide.

Related: The Cost of Laminate Flooring

Tools to Remove Laminate Flooring

- A pinch bar

- A claw hammer

- A chisel

- Safety goggles

- Protective gloves

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How to Remove Laminate Flooring

1. Start by putting on your safety goggle and protective gloves. Removing laminate flooring can results in lots of splinters and grazes. So, although this sounds tedious, trust us.

2. For the first part of laminate floor removal, start removing the skirting boards or beading around the perimeter of the room. Using the pinch bar, start near the door and wedge the pinch bar between the skirting board and the wall and hit it with the hammer. Then lever the skirting board away from the wall. Do this until all the skirting or beading has been removed. If you need to remove any nails along the way, use the claw of your hammer.

3. Once you can easily access the laminate boards, remove the first board nearest the wall by wedging a chisel between the board and the floor at a 45-degree angle. Lever this until the board can unsnap from the pieces it's connected to. Do this to the rest of the board across the first row, then start on the second row and continue until your room is laminate free.

4. If your laminate flooring happens to be glued to the sub-floor, it might be a bit more difficult. If the above manual step doesn’t work, try using a heat gun which will melt the glue underneath, allowing all the boards to be removed.

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How to Install New Laminate Flooring

Once your laminate has been removed, it’s time to think about laying your new flooring. Chances are, there will already be a layer of underlay from the previous laminate. It’s recommended to continue using this unless the underlay is noticeably damaged or you fancy using a different type of underlay.  If you require new underlay, browse our Laminate Underlay Section. Any new underlay will have to be trimmed down and taped together and at the seams.

Once your underlay is sorted, take your new laminate flooring out of its packaging and allow it to acclimatise for at least 48 hours. This will help you to avoid any future problems, such as your flooring expanding.

Related: How to Install Laminate Floors

Now it’s time to lay your new laminate flooring. This usually has a simple click system. So, start by laying the planks onto your underlay from the left-hand corner of the room and click each into place as you go. Remember to leave a gap of roughly 8-10mm around the perimeter of the room to allow space for your beading or skirting. Finally add in the beading or skirting using adhesive or a hammer and nails. To browse our laminate flooring section simply browse our laminate section.

We hope this helps you remove your laminate flooring! If you need any more advice please call us on 0330 100 00 15.

Paul Hambidge, Managing Director

Paul has 32 years of flooring industry knowledge & experience from both an installation and manufacturing perspective. He started out as installer of very large commercial flooring projects for multiple retailers. As director of Factory Direct Flooring, he has been involved in all aspects of flooring and has worked with some of the largest producers of wood flooring, vinyl flooring and laminate floors.