Old Linoleum Removal Hazardous? - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-26-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

Old linoleum removal hazardous?

Does anyone know if the gold vein/gold fleck patterned linoleum from the late 60's/early 70's contained asbestos? That was one of the first popular patterns (Congoleum, Armstrong, who made it?) when it only came in 6' widths... my house had it when I was a kid. I just tore out a 4X8 area, and wasn't wearing protective mask...didn't think of it, till I did a search online and found entries describing flooring as an asbestos-containing product.


healthymom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 03:40 AM   #2
paper hanger and painter
chrisn's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 8,022
Rewards Points: 628

It might have, you will be fine. Nothing you can do now anyway.


chrisn is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 11:01 AM   #3
Mold!! Let's kill it!
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,849
Rewards Points: 2,012

Yes. Sheet flooring from that era could contain asbestos. So could the mastic it was glued down with. The only way to know for certain is to test it. One thing about flooring is that the asbestos is encased in a pretty heavy matrix of other materials and doesn't become airborne very easily and does not remain airborne for an extended period of time. I would say that even if it did contain the big A, your exposure was pretty minimal.
I wouldn't lose sleep over it.
Maintenance 6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2012, 12:00 AM   #4
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 290
Rewards Points: 324

Did it have a white or grey cardboard like backing? If so, it likely was asbestos, and does release fibres when removed. One simple check is to take a bit of the backing & try to light it with a match or lighter.. if it doesn't burn, it probably is asbestos.
There's also tiles that have the asbestos in the plastic body of the tile, they are the same material right through. You'll get little or no fibres released when removing these.
mgp roofing is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Linoleum not flush against tub bottom? shub Flooring 5 05-31-2011 10:59 PM
20x20 Porcelain Tile over Linoleum on Concrete Slab scbauer Tiling, ceramics, marble 3 08-31-2010 07:11 PM
Tile Baseboard on outside of plastic shower pan at linoleum joint? GaryS Tiling, ceramics, marble 2 07-26-2009 12:39 PM
removal of old linoleum bev454 Flooring 8 07-16-2009 04:42 PM
removal of old linoleum glued to hardwood floor meljo214 Flooring 8 10-31-2008 10:34 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1