Removing Old Vinyl Floor

Old 08-28-02, 08:25 PM
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Removing Old Vinyl Floor

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We are in the process of having a new vinyl floor put in the kitchenwith new 12"x12" vinyl. The house is on a slab. The original roll vinyl floor is the bottom layer. On top of that is the 12"x12" vinyl floor that we have now. We were going to go on top of the the 2nd layer which would be 3 layers of tile. I am leaning on removing the 2nd layer of tiles leaving the orginal flooring and putting the new tiles on the tiles. One reason being that some of the tiles can be easliy pulled up and there seems to be moisture under them from mopping. The house is about 25 years old and the layer of tile on there now has been down for about 10 years. Here are my questions.

1. Should I remove the 12x12 tiles since they are not that secure to the original floor?

2. If I do remove, what can I use to get the rest of the adhesive up? I took a rag and got some of it up by just wiping with a wet rag, but some glue ridges were still there.

3. Also, I have been told that the original floor probably contains asbestos, as long as I dont disturb the bottom side of the original floor would it be okay to remove the 12x12 tiles.

Thanks for any suggestions

Old 08-28-02, 10:53 PM
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Installing vinyl tiles over vinyl tiles

You can remove as many layers of the tiles as you desire, but the appearance and performance of the new floor will be only as good as what is underneath. Vinyl tiles require a very clean and super smooth surface. An underlayment of 1/4" hardwood plywood will give you a more professional job. Do not disturb the layer that contains the asbestos. A heat gun a scraper can be used to remove old tiles and adhesive.

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