General Process For Removal
Of course, clear the room of furniture, decor, and area rugs. Sweep and clear the vinyl for removal. Use your pry bar to remove any trim and baseboards if they are used in the room.
With the new utility knife or fresh blade, make a firm slice through the vinyl material. If it comes apart from the concrete easily, the job should go smoothly and efficiently. If it is stuck firmly to the subfloor, you can use the heat gun on a low setting to start the process of prying it apart.
Use the putty knife along the edges as you go. Slice through when needed, then pry up and along carefully. Use the heat gun when the bond is too tight to use the knives to separate pieces. Take breaks whenever you feel tired or sore—you don’t want to push yourself and get uncomfortable as this could lead to accidents while using these intense tools.
Take your time and be careful to get up all the pieces from edge to edge of the room. When all the vinyl sheet, tile, or plank has been removed, sweep up remnants and small pieces. There will likely be a lumpy glue layer left behind on the concrete. This is where the stripper solution comes in handy. Apply it per the instructions offered on the container, and the floor adhesive should come up effectively. After this, you can clean the concrete with an abrasive scrub mop and standard cleaning solution, and get it ready for the next flooring project.
In some cases, commercial stripper machines can remove vinyl flooring in a fraction of the time that it takes to remove it by hand, so inquire at an equipment rental facility if this sounds interesting.
Good luck with all of your floor removal efforts.