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Identifying existing flooring tiles?

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We pulled up the carpet in a bedroom, planning to redo the floor with some very cheap (33c/sqft) stick on vinyl tiles. They aren't fantastic quality, but we did another bedroom with them, and were very happy with the results.
Under the carpet, we found tiles! They seem to be some kind of adhesive tile.. not sure if they're lino or vinyl? Concerned about asbestos?
The carpet underlay was very stuck, and has left black marks/stains on the floor. Can we restore the floor? Can we just stick the new vinyl tiles on top? How would we prep it to do so? Can we remove the tiles (without dying of asbestos-inhalation)?
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The only way to determine if they are asbestos is to have them tested. Any installed up thru the early 90's have a good chance of containing asbestos. The adhesive also probably contains asbestos and more than the tiles.
As long as you don't sand it. ..........You can take it up and scrape up the adhesive with little danger as long as you keep it wet during removal, if you need to remove it.
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