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06:50AM | 11/22/06
Member Since: 11/21/06
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A group of artists have rented space in an old office building. The carpet is gross and they've pulled it up in one spot to reveal what they hoped would be concrete. Instead it is old tile. It has glue residue from padding and carpet.

What cheap (and easy???) method can they use. The object is to have acceptable flooring and they want to put sheets of vinyl tile or something similar to just cover it.

Keep in mind these are starving artists.

Any suggestions will be appreciated. They had considered renting a stripper machine, but this is an old building and they do not know what adhesive was used to hold down the existing tile.


09:13AM | 11/22/06
Member Since: 08/24/05
25 lifetime posts
I'm guessing you mean it's old vinyl down on the floor? Or is ceramic? If it's ceramic, they can break it up by hand using a hammer, chisel, & some elbow grease. :)

If it's vinyl, you could rip it up using a scraper. But yes, there is a worry about not only the glue, but about the old tile. If it's asbestos, you need a certified contractor to remove & dispose of it.

If any of the tiles are loose, it would be better to have them all removed & start fresh. If they all seem to be secured down, you can go over it, but you will really need to remove as much of the glue from the carpet as you possibly can.

Good luck!

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09:25AM | 11/22/06
Member Since: 11/21/06
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Yes, it is ceramic and asbestos is exactly what they are afraid of. That's why they are cautious about using a stripper and all that.

I've been scanning the net and found something called gym floor or carpet squares. It sounds like that would work, although they were hoping for a hard surface.

Still, their options may be limited, along with their cash. They are in Orlando, FL if any flooring group feels like being a philanthropist!

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