How to Remove a Bathroom Floor Step-by-Step

Ugh! Check this out. Not good. Not good!So there are at least five or six layers of flooring on top of the original subfloor in this 100-year old bathroom. Today I’m going to be removing all those layers of flooring,show you how I’m going to do it.

You may have different tips that have helped you outwith your own project. So add those down to the comments at the end of the video. I’ve also got a surprise tool giveaway for you, so don’t miss out on that. That’s at the end of the video.

So let’s dive into this project right now. Always wear a respirator, some goggles, and gloves when removing a floor. I tried to remove the top layer first. So the top layer was a linoleum, and the linoleum was on top of ¼”wood luan.

Any screws or nails poking out of the floor, you want to remove them with your hammer or a super bar. Put them in the can so you don’t step on them. So the top layer, again, was just linoleum over a ¼” luan.

You can also try to remove the top layer with a shovel or a floor scraper. Now fortunately in this case I did not have any tile. I have to admit it made the process a lot easier. And I’m using the claw of my hammer to remove the multiple layers of stuff that’s on the floor.

Actually I’m going to show you something and how ridiculous this flooring is. It actually—I’m sorry to say this—pisses me off quite a bit because all people did was just lay floor over floor over floor over floor. Think about all the weight on the joist because of that floor.

But let me show you something. Check this out. This is like cardboard almost. This is ridiculous! Garbage. This is the original subfloor. This is what I need to get down to. There is all the linoleum. We’re going to take that out and get down to this bad boy right here.

It’s not a bad idea to use one of these Husky contractor bags to throw the material into after you remove about 3 or 4 sq ft of flooring. Pound any nails back into the floor. Then I found that the super bar and the claw portion of the hammer worked great to getting up underneath the old flooring and removing it.

See that corner right over there? Right there?This was in the corner. Looks like a medieval torture device. This is tongue and groove flooring so I’m just going to pitch this and replace it with some 2” tongue and groove oak hardwood floor. So I just figured out what the heck this is. This is like peg board.

They put peg board on top of the original subfloor. Can you believet hat?! Ugh! Unfortunately, there were some screws. SoI just removed those with an impact driver. The ones I couldn’t remove I cut off using my oscillating multi-tool.

Once you get all the screws out, then you can get up underneath the old flooring with a super bar or a larger pry bar. I don’t want my larger pry bar with me today, so I’m just using my super bar. Now in this case I lucked out a little bit, and a big chunk of the old linoleum luan pulled right off the floor.

Thank goodness because this was getting tiring. And that allowed me to access the multiple layers underneath the old linoleum. But I encountered a problem. I ran into a little bit of a problem. The linoleum and old floor ran underneath the bathtub.

I’m keeping the bathtub. I know it looks in rough shape, but it’s not a bad tub. So I need to cut a relief right here using my multi-tool. I just got Fein’s new Starlock Plus in the mail. So they sent me the Fein Star lock Plus. I’m going to give this a shot using a metal blade and just cut along here so that I can then remove all of the old subfloor.

One of the things that I really like about the Starlock Plus is the fact that they eliminated the pin. There used to be a pin here that you would pull out and then put your accessory and then put the pin in and put the lever in place.

That lever used to catch my thumb or finger—it hurt like heck! So what they did is they eliminated the pin. Now they have a new mechanism here. And all you do is release the lever and push in the accessory. And it locks into place, and you put the lever back down.

So that’s really convenient. You know sometimes tools do make it a lot easier. Believe it or not, this old tub is level. But as I approach the door, the gap between this portion of the tub and the subfloor is getting narrow or smaller. So I have to switch out to this Starlock accessory right here because it allows me to reach underneath there and cut.

It’s hard to see, but there’s a screw here. I’m going to use my super bar in this direction. Now here’s a little tip: If the screw is hard to get out, you can put your foot over it while pulling the super bar. That way the screw or the nail doesn’t fly up into your face.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! That was the last piece—well, almost the last piece. I have to take out the toilet and remove the rest. But for now, that was the rest of this floor. So I hope that you liked this video tutorial. Hopefully it helps you out and gives you some tips for how to remove a bathroom floor.

Now here is the surprise—I’m out of breath—so we’re going to be giving away the brand new Starlock Plus Multi-Master by Fein. How do you enter into the giveaway? Whoo! Well,down in the comments here on YouTube.

Tell me why you need the Starlock Plus Multi-Master,what project you’re going to be working on—maybe it’s something like this or something else—and you will be randomly entered into the giveaway, and we’ll pick a winner one week from today.

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