How to Remove Laminate

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If you have laminate flooring and would like to change the look of a room by replacing it, it is possible to remove the laminate flooring yourself. Since most laminate flooring utilizes an interlocking system, it is usually one of the easiest types of flooring to remove. If you will be removing only damaged pieces of flooring, the technique is about the same. The hardest part is knowing where to begin.

Things You'll Need

  • Laminate flooring pieces
  • Pry bar
  • Cloth, towel or rag
  • Decide which pieces of laminate flooring need replacement and begin at the wall closest to that section. If you will be replacing the entire floor, it doesn't matter where you begin.

  • Place your ply bar under the baseboard molding that runs along the section of wall where you will be starting. Place a piece of cloth between the flooring and the pry bar to prevent the pry bar from marking up the surrounding floor pieces.

  • Pull up with the pry bar to loosen the molding. Once you have the entire section of molding loose, remove it in its entirety and place it somewhere away from your workspace. Be sure to put it somewhere that it won't be damaged, because you will be able to reuse it.

  • Separate the interlocking boards by lifting the one closest to the wall up and out.

  • Continue to carefully remove each piece individually until you reach the damaged area.

  • Remove the damaged pieces and replace them with the new ones. The new pieces should interlock in the same way as the ones that you have removed. If you will be removing the entire floor, just continue to remove the pieces of laminate one by one until the entire floor is removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you notice that your laminate flooring has some scratching or chipping, touch-up kits are available to repair the area and render it undetectable.
  • Be sure to remove the pieces of laminate flooring carefully. If any part of the interlocking system is damaged, the floor pieces will not lay evenly. In this case, further repairs or, rarely, replacement of the entire floor will be necessary.

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