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13th Jun 23
Before you start, you should know which type of vinyl or luxury vinyl you may have. It doesn’t matter if you have sheet, plank or tile; what matters is the initial installation type. From glue down, click or locking, or loose lay, these affect how you remove it.
Always remember, if you aren’t sure on any of the following steps or need advice, do reach out to a professional LVT floor fitter or contact our team for help and information.
Once you know the method you used to install your floor, you can begin to remove and replace your vinyl.
Glue down vinyl planks, such as our LVT flooring are a durable and long long-lasting floor type. When it comes to removal, the best method will depend on some important factors including whether you’re replacing a single tile or the whole floor. If you have any concerns or difficulties, be sure to contact a professional vinyl flooring fitter for help. However, following these steps, removing LVT yourself should be straightforward:
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How to remove glue down vinyl:
Although adhesive is not usually used in this type of vinyl flooring, it can still be a difficult process to safely remove a tile or plank, especially if it is towards the centre of the room. Although it can be tempting to forcibly remove it from the centre, this can permanently damage the locking mechanism and the tile or plank itself. It will usually be necessary to start by removing from the edge of the room at the point where the original installation finished and then working towards the centre.
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Steps to remove click LVT:
Loose lay is usually an easier vinyl floor to install and remove, which is why it is so suitable as a temporary flooring solution that doesn’t need to be watertight. Although you can use glue to glue down the planks on the edges of the room to serve as a firm foundation, it isn’t always necessary. If it has been used, however, removing your loose lay vinyl flooring will be a lengthier process.
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Due to this floor using friction between each plank to seal the floor, you can easily move tiles or replace one or the whole floor. Whether you are removing vinyl to replace it with a different type or the same, here’s how to remove loose lay LVT:
Now that you’ve removed your luxury vinyl flooring, no matter what type you had, you can now replace them with new LVT planks or tiles. The first step to replacing is to make sure you have new LVT flooring, this can be vinyl or luxury vinyl.
At Harvey Maria, we focus on glue down or dry back LVT and also rubber flooring, but you will be able to replace any of the tiles in your new floor should the need arise. Glue down floors create a far more secure, watertight flooring surface than click or floating floor systems, so remember to order the adhesive with your new floor. We have a range of LVT floor supplies, which can help.
Here are some simple steps to installing dry-back LVT tiles:
Before installing new LVT, inspect the subfloor for any damage or imperfections. If there are any major damage or cracks, you’ll need to repair or replace the subfloor before installing the new flooring. Once you are happy with the subfloor, you will need to check if there’s any excess moisture.
If you’re installing your new LVT flooring over a concrete subfloor, you’ll need to be sure there’s a damp proof membrane (DPM) or else install a suitable moisture proof underlayment to prevent moisture from seeping through. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the moisture barrier.
If the subfloor is uneven, use a floor levelling compound to create a smooth and level surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing and applying the compound.
Plan the layout of the LVT planks or tiles by measuring the length and width of the room and laying out the planks or tiles in the desired pattern. Maintain the steady room temperature at around 22°C throughout the project, including the 48 hours before fitting while the flooring is acclimatising in the room, right through until the adhesive has fully dried.
Use a straight edge and utility knife to cut the planks or tiles to fit the edges of the room. With LVT flooring there’s no need to allow for expansion gaps between the planks or tiles and the wall.
Apply the adhesive to the subfloor using a trowel or floor roller. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the adhesive and avoid pressure sensitive adhesives and tackifiers as these have less bonding strength than traditional wet-set adhesives; for normal conditions we recommend using the Harvey Maria adhesive, available to buy here, as it’s been tested with our products.
It will usually be best to start installing the planks or tiles from the centre of the room and firstly work your way into the furthest corner across the floor and leaving the entrance/exit to the room until last. Use a roller to press the planks or tiles firmly into the adhesive.
Once all the planks or tiles are installed, wait for 24 hours before using the floor and be sure to maintain the room conditions for the following 3 days at around 22°C, avoiding sudden temperature fluctuations, while the adhesive fully dries.
If you want to remove and replace a single tile, you can also do this. Just follow the simple steps depending on which vinyl floor you may already have, but instead of removing the whole floor, just remove one tile or the surrounding tiles so you don’t damage more in the process. Then install the new replacement tiles following the specific installation type.