My 150-year old house has some kind of very old floor covering - maybe
linoleum I'm not sure. It's glued on with semi-transparent glue. I'm trying
to get it off. Some of it comes easily, but some is stuck fast and the floor
covering just tears leaving a white lower layer.
I've got a lot of it to do. I know that heat will slowly remove it, but does
anyone have any tips?
Hard to say not knowing what the cement may be. Some can be beat with
dry ice. You get it very cold and it is brittle and will come up easy.
Some heat guns work will with.
Keep in mind that some (not all) of the stuff once used on floors had
asbestos in it. It is safe until it is broken up. Sanding and scraping can
be a bit of a problem. At the very least wear protective gear.
Depending on what era the floor covering was installed it could
contain asbestos. I would recommend NOT sanding it until you are sure
that it does not contain asbestos. If it does indeed contain asbestos
then covering it with another product would be the best solution.
Asbestos requires special handling if you intend on removing it. Only HEPA
respirators will protect you and if you disperse the fibers you'll
contaminate the entire house be exposed to it indefinitely. If the floor
contains asbestos (you can have it tested), either cover the existing floor
without disturbing it or get a reputable asbestos-removal company to remove
Well, that is what the LAW in most areas says. In reality, the significant
risk is from dust, not long fibers. With a little common sense, and working
the material wet (like from a spray mister), there is little risk from
pulling up old floor tile. Setting up a containment zone and using bunny
suits for that is just a racket, IMHO. That stringy stuff covering old ducts
and water pipes, and inside old furnaces, is a different matter- you do want
to use containment bags for that- it disintegrates into dust if you look at
it wrong. Of course as a kid, I used to cut grayboard with a handsaw- who
Well, according to the gummint, OSHA safety experts, liberal Democrats, and
tree huggers, that stuff is going to kill you. You might be 96 years old
when you die, but it will kill you. ;-)
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