1960s asbestos vinyl flooring


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Old 01-28-12, 10:47 AM
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1960s asbestos vinyl flooring

We live in a 1960's 3-bedroom rancher. Solidly built with oak flooring throughout, except kitchen, full and 1/2 baths, which are sheet asbestos vinyl. Someday we will put down new vinyl throughout. Baths are small, so I used peel and stick tiles to update. Kitchen is large, and the vinyl surface is worn and in bad shape. Until we can afford new vinyl, what sort of clear coat sealant can I put down (after thoroughly cleaning the surface) that will fill in cracks and smooth the surface until we can do it right? It would have to withstand high traffic and frequent soap and water cleanings. It would have to be quick dry/set - kitchen is major household hub. Not more than a weekend. Any product suggestions? Thanks.
 
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Old 01-28-12, 12:00 PM
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No ideas at all. And I have been in the flooring business for 40 years.
 
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Would regular vinyl sealant do the trick? How about polyurethane? I'm willing to try anything at the moment.
 
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Old 01-29-12, 02:08 PM
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Vinyl sealant????????????? poly won't stick.
 
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not completely sure what the product is that you have. Most vinyl floors do not contain asbestos (though many vinyl floors have backings that contain asbestos). If you know for sure it is asbestos and you want to leave it then wax the floor. 3-5 coats of floor wax just like you would see in your typical school classroom should do the trick. You will have to strip and re-wax periodically (1-2 times a year) but it is a very good surface and it should hold you until you can replace the floor. If it is not asbestos you could remove it and refinish the oak floor below (assuming that you have oak under the vinyl)
 
 

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