Aug 19, 2010 1:50 pm
I am trying to remove the flooring in my kitchen. My house is about 50 years old and the flooring is lino like tiles which come up easy enough but there is this tar like covering beneath that which is difficult to remove. There are timber floor boards beneath the current covering and that I am trying to expose. I think the tar like coating could be Malthoid but I am not sure. Has anyone tried to remove this before and therefore have any tips or advice? Also I am wondering if it would have asbestos in it. I have been wearing a mask. Any pointers, advice and / or tip would be greatly appreciated.
Re: Kitchen Flooring2
Aug 19, 2010 10:02 pm
Your first option would be to contact your local Asbestos society who will be able to put in the right direction
Re: Kitchen Flooring3
Aug 20, 2010 10:09 am
We did this in our last place.
We pulled up the linoleum and as much of the tar layer as we could get with our hands then scraped it back as best we could.
We then poured boiling water over small patches at a time and scraped like fury. Its an awful job! It does have to be boiling water to be effective. I've also heard white vinegar helps dissolve it when mixed into the boiling water, wish I'd thought of that.
I've never heard of the membrane having asbestos in it but it is worth checking.
Re: Kitchen Flooring4
Aug 20, 2010 8:09 pm
We did exactly the same thing in our last house which was 70 years old. The lino was stuck to masonite but then underneath that was the black tar. We used a heat gun and a scraper. It worked really well, it just took a while. Then it sanded up beautifully.
Good luck, post some before and after pics!
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