vinyl floor open seam

Old 07-15-05, 02:32 PM
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vinyl floor open seam

We have a linoleum sheet (vinyl) kitchen floor, and the seam is starting to open slightly (1-2 mm?) along a couple of places. I can see black stuff in the slits. The house was built in 1998. My questions: 1 - I've seen some strands regarding black substances and asbestos. Is there a chance this is asbestos, even if it was installed in 1998? and 2 - what is the best substance to purchase to seal these slits? Thanks for your help!
Old 07-15-05, 06:38 PM
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There should be no fear of asbestos if flooring was installed in 1998. Installers should have used manufacturer's recommended seam seal on seams to prevent them from opening up. If you know the manufacturer and the type of vinyl you have, you can contact the manufacturer for the recommended seam sealer. Some manufacturers recommended different seam sealer for their different vinyl floor covering products. Using the recommended seam sealer prevents the potential for discoloration along the seam.

There are all-purpose adhesives and vinyl seam sealer kits at home centers and some flooring centers. Blow dryer will have to be used to heat the seam and gently peel vinyl back with putty knife so crevice tool on vacuum can be used to remove any dirt and grit. Putty knife can be used to scrape out dirt and excess adhesive. Mineral spirits can be used to clean along seam to make sure there is no grease, oil, or soil that might interfere with adhesion. Use putty knife to apply all-purpose vinyl adhesive. Rub back and forth with hands or use seam roller and cleaning rag dampened with mineral spirits to remove any excess adhesive and to assure good bond. Blow dryer may have to be used to soften vinyl to get it to lay flat and to stick to adhesive. Cover seam with painter's tape and weight down with bricks or stacks of books. Take care to put something down to protect books in case any adhesive leaks out. Once vinyl is firmly secured to floor and adhesive set, you can seal seam with seam sealer according to manufacturer's label.
Old 07-15-05, 07:50 PM
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Thank you very much for the quick, detailed, and thorough response!
Old 07-17-05, 05:05 PM
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Once a hacked in vinyl installation starts to go bad, as you have, there is little chance of saving it. They don't make vinyl stretchers! LOL!

Anything done, will only be a temporary band-aid, that will never look like the original installation seam.

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