Asbestos Floor Tiles Removal – Asbestos, a small fibre used in the building and plumbing materials from the 1950 s to the middle 1970 s, can cause health problems, including asthma, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a form of cancer that attacks the breast. Banned from most building materials unless properly marked, older homes and commercial buildings may still contain materials with asbestos fibres. If remodelling an older home, it is important to be tested for asbestos before any home renovation project.
To remove asbestos floor tiles yourself, you must invest in safety equipment to protect you and those who work with you. Buy heavy plastic sheeting to create a work perimeter. Hang plastic from doorways and cover windows and impact wall cutouts. Use a utility knife to cut a hole in the plastic insert in the space. Use a piece of masking tape to keep the port closed. Limit the number of people who can enter the circumference. Do not make unnecessary trips from the area until the plates have been removed. Wear protective clothing such as a hazmat suit or work clothes that can be immediately disposed of (the suit should have a covering for the head), goggles and boots. Rent a respirator so that you can work without breathing in asbestos fibers. Tools needed to remove floor tiles include disposable dry wipes, water hammer, and putty, scouring pads, dish soap and heavy plastic garbage bags.
Mix one cup of detergent in a 5-litre bucket with water. Use a disposable towel to wet the asbestos floor tiles with water. This helps loosen the adhesive glue, if you remove the laminate tiles. Use a putty knife and hammer to pry the tiles from the floor. Place all the tiles, clothing and other disposable material in a heavy plastic trash bag. Seal the bag before removing it from the enclosed area. Remove glue using chemical solvents found in home improvement or hardware stores. You may need to use scouring pads to completely remove the glue. Wash the floor thoroughly with soap and water. Take work clothes immediately after leaving the enclosed area. Shower and put on fresh clothes.