Asphalt tile removal

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Bill Gill, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. Bill Gill

    Bill Gill Guest

    I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to
    the original hardwood. The original hardwood is in
    pretty good shape. But! When I took the carpet out of
    the coat closet I found that at one time or another
    somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I
    tried lifting a piece and it looks like I can get the
    tile up fairly easy. But then there will be that black
    mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
    that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?

    Thanks for any help.

    Bill Gill
     
    Bill Gill, Jan 13, 2006
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  2. Bill Gill

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    "I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to
    the original hardwood. The original hardwood is in
    pretty good shape. But! When I took the carpet out of
    the coat closet I found that at one time or another
    somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I
    tried lifting a piece and it looks like I can get the
    tile up fairly easy. But then there will be that black
    mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
    that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?
    Thanks for any help. "


    Before you do anything, consider the possibility that if it's old floor
    tile, there is
    a good chance it contains asbestos. You can do a web search and find
    info
    on proper ways of dealing with it. Left alone, it's not a problem, but
    if you want
    to remove it, you need to follow some basic safety procedures. If you
    can simply
    go over it with new flooring, that IMO, is the simplest and best
    solution.
     
    , Jan 13, 2006
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  3. "Bill Gill" <> wrote in message
    news:AHOxf.8207$Dh.1934@dukeread04...
    >I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to the original
    >hardwood. The original hardwood is in pretty good shape. But! When I took
    >the carpet out of the coat closet I found that at one time or another
    >somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I tried lifting a
    >piece and it looks like I can get the tile up fairly easy. But then there
    >will be that black mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
    >that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?
    >
    > Thanks for any help.
    >
    > Bill Gill


    warm it slightly and more will come up. there are chemicals which will turn
    it into a goo that can be scraped off, but anyway you do this, it'll be a
    lot of work.
     
    Charles Spitzer, Jan 13, 2006
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  4. <> wrote in message
    > If you
    > can simply
    > go over it with new flooring, that IMO, is the simplest and best
    > solution.


    That's what I'd do.
     
    Edwin Pawlowski, Jan 13, 2006
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  5. Bill Gill

    Bob Guest

    Scrape the heavy stuff off with a large putty knife, then can try kerosene,
    or a solvent based cleaner, or waterless hand soap.

    "Bill Gill" <> wrote in message
    news:AHOxf.8207$Dh.1934@dukeread04...
    > I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to
    > the original hardwood. The original hardwood is in
    > pretty good shape. But! When I took the carpet out of
    > the coat closet I found that at one time or another
    > somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I
    > tried lifting a piece and it looks like I can get the
    > tile up fairly easy. But then there will be that black
    > mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
    > that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?
    >
    > Thanks for any help.
    >
    > Bill Gill
     
    Bob, Jan 13, 2006
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  6. Bill Gill

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    asbestos can be dangerous.

    a liquid cleaner that might work is goof off, I saw it remove a 3 foot
    circle of contact cement that had spilled on a vinyl floor months
    earlier.

    you would never know it happened
     
    , Jan 13, 2006
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  7. Bill Gill

    Guest

    On Fri, 13 Jan 2006 08:21:58 -0600, Bill Gill <>
    wrote:

    >I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to
    >the original hardwood. The original hardwood is in
    >pretty good shape. But! When I took the carpet out of
    >the coat closet I found that at one time or another
    >somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I
    >tried lifting a piece and it looks like I can get the
    >tile up fairly easy. But then there will be that black
    >mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
    >that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?
    >
    >Thanks for any help.
    >
    >Bill Gill


    Having worked for a flooring company for several years, you already
    did the hard part, getting the tiles off.

    Ignore the comments about asbestos. You said ASPHALT tile, not vinyl
    asbestos, correct?
    Yes, I know you did, because it was glued with asphalt tile adhesive.
    Basically TAR.

    However, I hate to tell you this. You will never get all that tar off
    and be able to get a decent looking wood floor. It's between the
    boards and will gum up every sandpaper and spread like crazy. You are
    lucky though. It's just a closet. Put new vinyl or tile on it and
    refisish your other floors. It's just a closet, it dont need to
    match. Besides you can always get some woodgrain vinyl that will
    match, and put a metal bar across the doorway to prevent kicking up
    the edge of the new vinyl. If you MUST have a finished hardwood, you
    may as well replace the boards in that closet. But in my opinion,
    thats too much work for a mere closet
     
    , Jan 14, 2006
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  8. Bill Gill

    Bill Gill Guest

    wrote:
    > On Fri, 13 Jan 2006 08:21:58 -0600, Bill Gill <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I am taking up the carpet in my house and going back to
    >>the original hardwood. The original hardwood is in
    >>pretty good shape. But! When I took the carpet out of
    >>the coat closet I found that at one time or another
    >>somebody put down some ugly green asphalt tile in it. I
    >>tried lifting a piece and it looks like I can get the
    >>tile up fairly easy. But then there will be that black
    >>mastic left on the floor. Is there any good way to get
    >>that stuff up so I can do something with the floor?
    >>
    >>Thanks for any help.
    >>
    >>Bill Gill

    >
    >
    > Having worked for a flooring company for several years, you already
    > did the hard part, getting the tiles off.
    >
    > Ignore the comments about asbestos. You said ASPHALT tile, not vinyl
    > asbestos, correct?
    > Yes, I know you did, because it was glued with asphalt tile adhesive.
    > Basically TAR.
    >
    > However, I hate to tell you this. You will never get all that tar off
    > and be able to get a decent looking wood floor. It's between the
    > boards and will gum up every sandpaper and spread like crazy. You are
    > lucky though. It's just a closet. Put new vinyl or tile on it and
    > refisish your other floors. It's just a closet, it dont need to
    > match. Besides you can always get some woodgrain vinyl that will
    > match, and put a metal bar across the doorway to prevent kicking up
    > the edge of the new vinyl. If you MUST have a finished hardwood, you
    > may as well replace the boards in that closet. But in my opinion,
    > thats too much work for a mere closet

    Thanks for the information. I was kind of afraid that
    was what would happen. My fall back idea was to do just
    what you suggested. I will try to find a wood grain
    vinyl tile that will be a fairly close match to the
    floor and put the trim strip across the door.

    Bill Gill
     
    Bill Gill, Jan 14, 2006
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