My GF's basement has/had old tile we believe to be asbestos. I scraped it out be we are left with 50 year old adhesive on the floor. My questions are: What will safely take it off (I was not very safe taking the tile out) Do we need to if we are putting vinyl tile down?
Hey again Sydney881,
Since you asked this exact question twice, and I already answered it on another thread for you. I'll give you the link here for viewing my answer.
Let us know if you have any further questions or concern regarding your floors.
Hi we are remodling our kitchen from the 1060s! we dug up the floor and scrapped up the old tile and underneath is a very think black sticky like tar stuff that I have been reading about on here. we are on a very limited buget, and we are having the contracter here on monday to put up the cabinets and we are doing the floor ourselves, rather we hired a friend who is laying down my satillo tiles, there is no way I can afford all this xtra stuff for the floor, is there any way i can put a seal over it? also it is very very thin, almost looks like its on wood? but it is cement underneath, please help, can we just put a seal or something over and will this affect the satillo tiles? the floor is even, and the black sticky adhesive is very thin, almost like its stained on and would be impossible to get this off, any suggestions , we were hoping to put a seal over this? and is this harmful to us to let it sit under the tiles? thanks
Check out www.schonox.us.com. They have a leveler that can encapsulate the cutback adhesive. Unlike other levelers one of their products doesn't shrink which allows it not to pull away from the adhesive backround. Not available for DIY. Check with a contractor.
Hey there illumin8,
Thanks for joining our community!~
Working with asbestos or cutback adhesive can definitely be a pain, but it seems you've prepared yourself better by reading through our topics on here about it so far.
The warning about the use of solvents is due to the fact that most of the time you'll end up softening the adhesive and causing it to seep deeper into the concrete, making it hard and harder to bond anything to it later on.
I would still recommend at least having the adhesive tested to see if you are indeed working with asbestos adhesive or not, as that can save you a lot of trouble for the steps ahead.
You'll need to create yourself a new wear layer first since you can't just paint directly over the old adhesive.
Since I don't see any mention of exactly how thick the cutback is, so I'm going to assume it is a relatively thin layer. to proceed you will want to ensure it's as thin as possible.
Hello, I really need some advise (besides call a professional)
I have discovered asbestos tile under my carpet. The tiles are now removed. Remaining is the "cutback", which seems to grow sticky white fibers if anything is left on it :( Because of this I was going to bleach it until I read:
• Do not place solvents or chemicals on the adhesive
Also, because if seems like we can't remove the adhesive completely and nothing will really be right over the floor again, we were planning on using sealer, primer and painting the concrete floor. Will the adhesive eat through the paint if not removed?
What a mess.
Even with the tile being encapsulated I would be careful about removing the carpet. If the carpet is nailed into the tile you will have to remove the tack strip and this will more than likely break the asbestos tile causing the asbestos to become airborne. If that happens you should have an abatment company come in and remove it.
Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!
As Ask_Mr_Jay stated earlier in this thread, make sure that when you did do any removal yourself, that you are doing it very safely. Removing asbestos is not a DIY project, as a professional abatement company can make sure all asbestos particles, on the floor and airborne, are removed entirely. With that said, even at this stage, I'd strongly advise to consult them at minimum.
With that said, I'd take precautions even at this stage when you are in the basement. Use a proper fitted respirator, not just a dust mask. Professionals use even more safety items such as clean suits, so not to get in contact with any asbestos particles whatsoever. Again, removing asbestos tile and its cutback (glue) is something left to a company who deals with this on a daily basis.
In terms of installing plank laminating flooring, this can be done as long as the floor is level as you stated. I would recommend to use a vapor barrier combined with a laminate underlayment. Below is the best one we sell in our store, and is perfect for your floor.
The item above will give you a moisture/vapor barrier as well as the proper underfoot cushioning. However, during anytime during the installation process, you will encounter asbestos particles. Refer to in the information above and seeking assistance with an asbestos abatement company to get your new floor down safely and securely.
I hope this assisted you in your project, and always remember to work safe.
Much like the creator of this topic, I removed vinyl tile from the basement of the home I recently moved into (the house was built in 1982). There seems to be the black glue residue which was left behind after removing the tiles, and my wife and I intend on installing a tongue and groove laminate floor in over the concrete slab on which these tiles were removed. Do I need to remove the residual glue, or can I simply place down the vapor barrier and install the flooring over it? The floor is level as it sits now.
I know that if this was, indeed, asbestos, then it can only be hazardous if disturbed, so will the barrier and flooring be enough to keep the residual glue from becoming a problem?
Your advice is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!
Pardon me for being a bit confused, but are these 3 types of flooring are all in one room/area? If it is, you are correct in needing to get all of the floor even for the laminate planks to be installed properly. Contacting a local abatement company can be a big step in determining if you may encounter directly working with asbestos tiles. Luckily, as long as they are covered and not disturbed in any way, you can place laminate planks directly over them with a high-quality cushioned underlayment.
To assist you further, you could tell me a few things regarding your floor:
Placing a self-leveling compound with underlayment primer over any height differences in large areas would be your best solution for this. For any room transitions with height differences, using a hard surface reducer can work well in adjoining floors.
Let us know what areas are at issue on your existing floor so we can assist you in getting the best install for your new one.