how do i remove linolium flooring from my kitchen?
It is really more than difficult to remove linolium flooring without damage. However, if you're determined to remove the flooring without damaging the hardwood, here's how to do same. First, see if you can simply pull the vinly off of the floor. If it's been down for a while, the adhesive may have lost some of it's gripping power and the flooring may just come off (with some grunting and groaning). If this doesn't work, start at one edge, use Varsol or paint thinner and a rag. Apply the solvent to the rag and apply it to the back of the vinly and hardwood floor. This will dissolve the adhesive without damaging the hardwood floor. This method will work. However, it may take hours and hours and hours of work to get the flooring off. You could rent a razor blade type scraper the flooring guys use to remove old tile floor. Although it takes longer, I prefer the chemical removal method. It leaves the hardwood in tact and eliminates the sanding/refinishing process.
You can't remove linolium without damaging it. It will be destroyed no matter how careful you are. Why are you worried about damaging the linolium? You just tear it up and throw it in the garbage.
Unless your house is very old, it most likely is vinyl flooring. Not linoleum. But either way, you can't salvage either one. They're glued to the floor using a flooring adhesive. There's no way to remove it cleanly enough to reuse it.
very sharp scraper and heat gun