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How to Peel Laminate from Kitchen Floor

Kitchen remodeling often comes with its fair share of challenges, and one of the most daunting tasks homeowners face is peeling laminate tiles. While the idea of tearing out your kitchen floors might seem overwhelming, the actual process can be more manageable with some planning and the right tools. Although it’s not a walk in the park, a bit of preparation and strategic tool usage can simplify the task of removing your old floors with the knowledge to peel laminate correctly. 

Equipping Yourself with the Right Tools

To successfully peel laminate, it’s essential to have the right tools at your disposal. The tools you’ll need to peel laminate tiles include pry bars, utility knives, safety glasses, gloves, and dust masks. These tools are essential for both safety and efficiency, ensuring you can tackle the project with confidence.

Planning Ahead for Success

Taking the time to plan out your approach is a crucial step in making the process smoother. Begin by clearing the area of furniture and appliances, creating a clean and open space to work. Additionally, having a dumpster on hand for disposing of the removed laminate is highly recommended. Research waste removal companies to find the best option for your needs, as you’ll want a clear plan for managing the debris as you go.

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Understanding Your Laminate Flooring Type

Laminate tiles have been popular choices for kitchen flooring since the 1970s due to their durability and affordability. However, even the best laminate reaches a point where replacement becomes necessary. Before you begin peeling, identify the type of laminate you have, as this will influence your removal strategy. There are two common types: glued and floating laminate.

  1. Glued Laminate: If your kitchen has been around for a while, you might have glued laminate flooring. This type of laminate is glued together and cannot be reused. The advantage is that you can be less cautious when removing it, making the process a bit less delicate.
  2. Floating Laminate: Kitchens built after 2000 often feature floating laminate. This type isn’t attached directly to the subfloor but rather “floats” on top, usually with a layer of foam beneath. To remove floating laminate, proceed carefully. Start by popping out one flooring panel at the edge, which will make the rest of the removal easier. The good news is that you can reuse floating laminate if it’s in decent condition, so consider saving it for future projects.

Let Us Professionally Peel Laminate

If it still seems intimidating to peel laminate flooring on your own, consider enlisting professionals like Clayton Hoover & Sons to ensure a seamless process. With our expertise, we can assess the situation, use the right tools, and handle the entire flooring process for you, making sure it’s done correctly. Our flooring services include tearing out existing flooring, hauling away debris, and installing new flooring. All backed by our five-year workmanship warranty and the flooring manufacturer’s warranties, we’ll make sure we don’t just peel laminate the right way but also install new, quality flooring that’ll upgrade the appearance of your kitchen for decades to come. 

Beyond Laminate: Exploring Flooring Alternatives

While laminate has served homeowners well for decades, there are other flooring options worth considering. At Clayton Hoover & Sons, we specialize in various flooring materials, including tile flooring, wood flooring, engineered wood flooring, engineered vinyl flooring, and hardwood steps. Our team is skilled in tearing out existing flooring, disposing of debris, and installing new flooring, all backed by a five-year workmanship warranty and manufacturer warranty.

If you’re seeking an alternative to laminate, we’re excited to introduce you to COREtec. With its stunning appearance and easy maintenance, COREtec offers the elegance of hardwood without the hassle. 

To explore your flooring options and schedule a free consultation, visit us at We’re here to help you create a home that reflects your style and stands the test of time.