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msm675

02:29PM | 01/25/03
Member Since: 01/24/03
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My very patient husband is pulling up our kitchen floor. He has found out that there are about four layers of old flooring underneath... On top of the pine subfloor, there is a velvet layer which is glued on it. We tried scraping it, but it isn't coming off, should we sand it with a floor sander? Will the glue come off the subfloor?

carpetman

02:28PM | 01/27/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
549 lifetime posts
dont sand any lino floor. most/all lino made before 1986 has asbestos backing,sanding will release asbestos in to the air.you can add a layer of " A " side plywood ,after you scrape up the old lino ,this will give you a new smooth flat surface to put your new vinyl on.

msm675

03:23PM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 01/24/03
3 lifetime posts
Hi Carpetman,
Thanks for your reply, but I want to paint the floor eventually after I get the glue and velvet backing up. How would I do that? I am not going to put more vinyl and lino on it?

carpetman

05:02PM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
549 lifetime posts
have you tryed an adhesive remover? also somtimes putting very hot water can break down backings, with reference to the velvet layer is the color grey? some what like paper, if so thats asbestos. i walked off a job once where the owner wanted to sand an asbestos floor,the next guy called the health dept to ask how he should do it.the next thing he saw was 2 guys in moon suits .the owners were moved out and an asbestos removal company took over,total bill over $15,000 plus a big fat fine. so procede with utmost caution...good luck

msm675

12:18PM | 01/30/03
Member Since: 01/24/03
3 lifetime posts
HI Carpetman,
This velvet layer is a grayish color but it is almost like cardboard. What kind of adhesive remover would you suggest? How would then get the glue off from under that?

carpetman

03:17PM | 01/30/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
549 lifetime posts
hi again..that's asbestos for sure,so dont sand you will need to scrape the felt layer up.once you have got all the other layers up and you are down to the felt layer (velvet) try a floor scraper,kep the felt wet/damp so there is no dust try a few cups of boiling water to soften it up, once you get the felt up any remaining adhesive can be removed with adhesive remover.(available from your local home center) once again procede with caution,asbestos is deadly , good luck
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