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Can a mid-1950s-era kitchen floor tile be simply covered over with new linoleum?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 25, 2013 01:01 AM
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My 1956 brick ranch has a hideous green tile kitchen floor which I'm told probably contains asbestos, though no tests have been done. The old floor tiles have shrunk, so there are narrow spaces between each one which collect dirt and grime. I'm wondering if I could just cover over the old tile with a new surface of linoleum or a similar substance? The floor sits on top of a partial, unfinished basement with exposed ceiling.




 

 

My 1956 brick ranch has a hideous green tile kitchen floor which I'm told probably contains asbestos, though no tests have been done. The old floor tiles have shrunk, so there are narrow spaces between each one which collect dirt and grime. I'm wondering if I could just cover over the old tile with a new surface of linoleum or a similar substance? The floor sits on top of a partial, unfinished basement with exposed ceiling.

Portia,

First test the existing floor for asbestos. You can buy a test kit from your local hardware store. Included in the kit are instructions on how to take a sample...


 

 

 
 
 

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