How to remove laminate flooring

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How to remove laminate flooring

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Project Overview

Floating laminate flooring comes apart as easy as it fits together. You might want to remove your laminate flooring so you can replace with a new type of flooring or to replace any damaged boards. When removing the flooring, remember that the edges of the boards are fragile, remove them carefully, so you can use them in another room. 

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How to remove a stuck nail

Sometimes a nail is stuck solidly in place and won’t pry out easily. A good way to deal with this is to pry up the surrounding timber and then push it back into place. This should leave the nail sitting above the timber. Then you can pull it out with the claw on your hammer.

Step by Step Instructions

1 How to remove the skirting boards
2 Remove the skirting board nails from the wall
3 Carefully remove the laminate floorboards
  • Step 1. How to remove the skirting boards

    Removing the skirting boards, makes lifting up the laminate floor much easier.  Starting near a door entrance, wedge the pinch bar between the skirting board and the wall and hit it with a hammer. Lever the skirting board away from the wall. Keep doing this as you work your way towards the corner. Continue until all of the skirting board has been removed. 

  • Step 2. Remove the skirting board nails from the wall

    Once you have removed the skirting, you may find some nails sticking out of the wall that used to hold the boards in place. Using your claw hammer and packing wood, place the wood against the wall, near the nail and lever it out using the hammer. The timber makes sure the wall isn’t damaged.
  • Step 3. Carefully remove the laminate floorboards

    Remove the first board by wedging the chisel between the board and the floor. Gently lever it up to a 45 degree angle to unsnap it from the piece it’s connected to. Now work your way down the room, board by board, across the first row. Then move onto the second row and so on. If the boards are in good condition, you can save them to use in another room.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Chisel
  • Claw hammer
  • Gloves
  • Pinch bar
  • Safety glasses

Materials

  • Packing timber
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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