CHI Good Questions: Stripping Linoleum With Boiling Water?

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Jen has a question for the crowd:

“I was dazzled by the kitchen makeover in the most recent (and, heartbreakingly, last) Blueprint — particularly the floor, which was stripped of its ugly linoleum to expose the wood subfloor, which I’ve longed dreamed of having done in my own kitchen.

However, I assumed that would be prohibitively expensive, and was psyched to see the cost-cutting workaround — skipping a pricey sanding and refinishing, and instead painting the wood a neutral color. Blueprint assures its readers the linoleum stripping only takes an afternoon, and doesn’t require smelly chemicals, only boiling water.

I’d love to try it, but I’m a little skeptical. Has anyone done this? Would you recommend this task to amateurs, the way Blueprint does?”

Some quick research did bring up the boiling water method of linoleum removal and it sounds very do-able and very green! But that still leaves the issue of how long it will take – we are thinking that the success rate is dependent on so many factors – what was used to install it, how long it has been down, the condition of the subfloor when it was installed – making it pretty hard to anticipate just how big or messy a job it will be until it is underway.

We have never tackled a project like this so we are hoping that some of the brave AT home improvement do-it-yourself-ers will have some advice on this subject. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve got info to share…thanks!

Photo: Blueprint