• Share:
Vinyl Flooring: Removal Made Easy

Rent a power scraper to quickly and easily strip and remove vinyl flooring in bathrooms and kitchens. You'll avoid the sore hands, arms and back that comes from hand stripping.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Power strip vinyl flooring

I’ve removed vinyl flooring with a handheld floor scraper, and I’ve done it with a rental oscillating floor scraper machine. The handheld floor scraper technique took the better part of the day, and my back, palms and arms were sore for a week. For the next flooring removal job, I rented a power floor scraper. The entire job was over in less than 20 minutes, and I didn’t even break a sweat. The machine rents for about $40 for four hours.

Start by scoring the vinyl (Photo 1). Next, adjust the angle on the floor scraper until it pulls up vinyl without gouging the subfloor. Then turn it on and let ’er rip (Photo 2).

Ceramic tile blade on scraper

Ceramic tile blade on scraper

Use Power to Chip Out Floor Tile

Ordinary floor scraper blades won’t stand up to ceramic or porcelain tile. But some rental machines accept an optional tile chisel. If your rental store offers that feature, just remove the wide scraper blade, slide in the chisel attachment and secure it with the bolt and washer. Then fire it up and let the machine do the dirty work for you.

Back to Top

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Straightedge
    • Utility knife

You'll also need a power floor scraper (rental).

Comments from DIY Community Members

No comments on the article have been posted yet. Be the first to add your comment!

You will be required to log in or create an account to post a comment.


Add Your Comment

Vinyl Flooring: Removal Made Easy

Please add your comment

Log in to My Account

Log in to enjoy membership benefits from The Family Handyman.

  • Forgot your password?
Don’t have an account yet?

Sign up today for FREE and become part of The Family Handyman community of DIYers.

Member benefits:

  • Get a FREE Traditional Bookcase Project Plan
  • Sign up for FREE DIY newsletters
  • Save projects to your project binder
  • Ask and answer questions in our DIY Forums
  • Share comments on DIY Projects and more!
Join Us Today

Report Abuse

Reasons for reporting post

Free OnSite Newsletter

Get timely DIY projects for your home and yard, plus a dream project for your wish list!

Follow Us