Asbestos tile removal – Vinyl top and bottom floor under the asbestos layer. The adhesive below may also contain asbestos, but as long as you do not use tiles on tiles, both glue and tiles can be safely removed.
Tile and glue removal
Remove floor tiles starting at a doorway or entrance, where you can find a tray edge. Pull the edge of a plate gently, using a wide flap, curved bar or similar tools. Spray as you go with water to help asbestos remain, not the air. Use a heat gun (not a hair dryer because it can blow asbestos tile removal fibers loose), chemical solvents or apply dry ice to help loosen one to three washers to make removal of the rest of the plates easier. Heat and cold both loosen adhesion, which tile removal easier.
Lift the tile up intact; if plates begin to break, you should either call an asbestos tile removal specialist or remove the underlying floor. Scratch the adhesive remaining from the removed floor tiles, using a spatula or floor scraper, and wipe the glue before you begin. Avoid grinding. Consider bending up the floor surface, restarting on a door entrance, if material is difficult to remove. Place all removed flooring material in dust bags and seal well. Vacuum the area thoroughly, preferably with a HEPA vacuum. Clean all other exposed materials well with soapy water.