By lawbrend from Princeton, WV
If it is a smaller area I would suggest the following: First warm the tile with either a hair dryer or a heat gun.
Secondly, using a broad bladed spackle knife pry up the tile.
It works on any surface that vinyl tile is stuck to. Also it greatly reduces the glue sticking to the concrete/wood floor beneath the tile.
There's a tool that looks like a wide putty knife that is on a pole about the length of shovel or hoe handle. It lifts the tiles breaking some and can be easily removed. When the blade edge dulls, just resharpen. Should be able to locate this tool at any hardware store.
We're about to remodel our kitchen and attached half bath. The home was built in 1929, and there are at least 3 layers of self stick vinyl tile on top of the original hard wood floor. Does anyone have any experience and/or ideas for how to remove all the vinyl tiles?
The pieces we've pulled so far are very brittle and break in small parts. How do we remove the tacky glue? How do we prepare the floor surface for a new vinyl surface? Thank you for your help and guidance.
Rene from Cleveland, OH
I would use a scraper and be sure to wear a mask when doing this the old houses have mold and asbestos that can be under all that mess. If you have any more rooms with tile leave the tile and just go over top of it less work and easier for you. It will not hurt any thing if you do, just adds insulation. Now if a door or anything rubs just file it down, not a problem. (05/08/2006)
Really to do the job right, one should put 1/4 inch plywood down first in order to get a reasonably level surface. By doing this, one does not have to remove the old glue. In fact he said it would help hold down the plywood. Also if the floor boards squeak when walked on, nail or screw the boards to the floor joists. This will eliminate the squeaking. He feels that tiles should not be put down over hardwood flooring as the seams will eventually show up in the tiles, thus stating the use of the plywood. Hope this helps and gives you a few ideas. (05/08/2006)
By Malinda from PA
By Carol in PA
Any tile over 14 years old will most likely contain asbestos and needs to be removed by a professional asbestos abatement company. Wearing a mask will do nothing to protect you. Asbestos will still get on your clothes and will be released into the environment of your home where it will recirculate for decades. Asbestos abatement companies will seal off the area and use special vacuum systems to remove all asbestos contaminants from your home environment. Don't risk your long term health over a few dollars. Call a professional instead. Editor's Note: Here's a good link on removing tile and flooring:
By Big Joe
I've been given both answers as to whether one can put tiles over tiles that have asbestos in them, and contractors have bid on doing the removal and the new vinyl who weren't an abatement company, so there's an obvious lack of consistency out there. The general consensus seems to be that if you're not nailing the new covering into the asbestos tiles, e.g. nailing carpet over tiles containing asbestos, as that "stirs up" the asbestos material, that's a no-no. The hair dryer/steamer idea wouldn't seem to violate this notion, whereas trying to chip away at them would. (06/02/2009)
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