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How do I clean adhesive residue off asbestos basement tiles

We are helping clean a house for sale and carpet was removed from the basement leaving adhesive residue all over the tile. The tiles themselves are in good shape so how do we get the old adhesive off without causing the tiles to come up? 

I am pretty sure that the tiles are old enough that they have asbestos but again are all in tact so hoping we can get them clean to then possibly paint them. What would be the best paint to use once clean?
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Posted 2016-07-08T02:10:24+0000  by Hodepodge Hodepodge

Hey Hodepodge,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.

Removing anything off of tiles that you know has asbestos is something left for a professional abatement company.

Even if the tiles are firmly secured to the subfloor, scraping and using chemicals most likely will cause the surface tile particles to become airborne. Even if you have protective gear for vision and breathing, it can and will still linger in the air and on surfaces long after you have left the room.

The only other DIY solution would be encapsulation, which involves placing floor leveling compound over the tiles. However, since the existing adhesive over it would not allow for a proper bond, your only real choice to keep whomever is in that home healthy is to have an abatement company either remove or repair the floor.

Typically, a company will remove the tiles and while it's more expensive up front, in the long run it gives  you more choices for new floors and peace of mind knowing you are breathing safer.

Lastly, we have a great tread discussing asbestos already here on the community. Please click here to view it.

Let us know if you have any further questions,


Posted 2016-07-08T15:30:52+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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