Is there asbestos in VCT tile?
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Thereof, how can you tell if VCT tile has asbestos?
When inspecting the tiles, look for parts that are grayish brown, dark gray, dark brown, or black. Vinyl or asphalt tiles that have these colors in it have a high likelihood of asbestos fibers. One of the main ingredients used in old asbestos tiles was asphalt, so they were primarily made in dark colors only.
Similarly, what does VCT stand for in tile? Vinyl composition tile
Keeping this in consideration, how dangerous is asbestos in floor tiles?
In fact, asbestos containing material is not generally considered to be harmful unless it is releasing dust or fibers into the air where they can be inhaled or ingested. Sprayed on asbestos insulation is highly friable. Asbestos floor tile is not.
How do you remove asbestos VCT tile?
Use a hammer and putty knife to work under the edges of the tile and pop it loose. Once the first tile is removed, work the putty knife at a 45 degree angle to gently pop the remaining tiles loose. Avoid breaking tiles during removal to keep asbestos from getting into the air.