Removing/ID'ing old sheet vinyl flooring and adhesive

Discussion in 'Vinyl Flooring Q&A' started by Eva76, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    No asbestos there. Did miles of that pattern.
  2. sirmick

    sirmick New Member

    I'm glad I came across this post. I ripped out a kitchens worth of that exact pattern before I realized that sheet vinyl was commonly backed with asbestos, which was when I was looking up where to dispose of the left overs. I'd known about the asbestos tiles, it seems to be more common knowledge. I had some downstairs that were pinged in the house inspection and I've completely covered with plastic barrier and a floating floor (they were in acceptable condition).

    I spent two days freaking the hell out, trying to establish the age of the kitchen and when it vinyl backing became asbestos free. My neighbor figured the kitchen was put in the "late 80s early 90s" after a kitchen fire necessitated a reno. That figures with the 1987 date. Apparently, Armstrong stopped the asbestos in sheet vinyl backing in 1983, 1984 in Canada. So it would seem this stuff is asbestos free. After the freak-out, I decided to replace with hard wood floors so there is never a doubt about any chemicals for the next owner :)
  3. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    Until something is discovered in the finish coatings. :rolleyes:
  4. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    here is the thing...
    a lot of vinyl went I to homes even into the mid 90's that were containing....

    Always just best to have it tested when you are unsure.
  5. sirmick

    sirmick New Member

    I am absolutely going to test everything I rip out in future. Nasty stuff!
  6. seamsealer

    seamsealer Pro Member

    When they decided to ban the asbestos in the backings, it did not mean they couldn't sell existing inventory of floors with the backing. I'm sure lots of it still got installed after the do not manufacture date.
    They replaced most of it with fiberglass, that was a treat getting it on your arms and itching the rest of the day until you were able to wash it off. It wasn't very flexible and would crack and split if miss handled. I think Congoleum finally developed a backing that was flexible and easy to work with. I think most other manufacturers bought the Congoleum backings for their products.
    I remember a vinyl skin, no backing, that you had to put the glue down with an almost smooth roller. What a disaster that was. I think we did one and we were done. Ahhh, the good old days. Don't get me started about the white floors with the high gloss polyurethane finishes. Ugh.
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