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How to Identify Amitco Floor Tiles & Sheet Flooring That May Contain Asbestos: this article explains how to identify Amitco floor tiles that are likely to contain asbestos, by making a simple visual inspection, noting the probable age of the building and age of its materials, and similar clues.
This document assists building buyers, owners or inspectors who need to identify asbestos materials (or probable-asbestos) in buildings by visual inspection. Contact Us by email if you are having trouble finding the information you need.
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Reader question about asbestos in Amitco vinyl floor tiles
My home was built in 1973. I have Amtico vinyl tile installed in the kitchen, and without thinking, I removed the tile with a scraper. I didn’t consider asbestos being present before I did this. I’m not sure if my particular tile contained asbestos.
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The original home owner did not leave the packaging behind, only spare tiles. (They are peel and stick). I don’t even know if they were the original tile installed with the home. Any idea if these tiles have been reported to contain asbestos? - R.G. 11/10/2012
Reply: history of Amitco Floor Tiles
Your floor tile photo indicates that this is an Amitco floor tile product, though it does not contain a product nor date code.
Amitco International an international flooring company that has principal locations in the U.S. U.K.
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Do Amitco Floor Tiles Contain Asbestos?The Amitco company was established in 1964, so while the precise answer to your question is "we don't know", I'd agree that it would have been normal for such asphalt-based or vinyl-based flooring products produced in the 1960's and 1970's to have included asbestos, including some peel-and-stick products made in the 1970's.
Quoting from the company's U.K. website about the composition of Amitco floor tiles describing the current product line:
I have sent a query to the Amitco U.S. company and will post their reply here. Keep in mind that flooring of this type that is in good condition is not considered hazardous and does not need to be removed. See ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION for suggestions.
Readers should also see FLOOR TILE HISTORY & INGREDIENTS for a discussion of the ingredients and production of asbestos-containing flooring.
And see ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION for detailed advice on handling and identifying vinyl-asbestos floor tiles or flooring products that probably do or don't contain asbestos.
For a strategy for collecting building dust samples, when, where, how many samples to collect, se
While an expert lab test using polarized light microscopy may be needed to identify the specific type of asbestos fiber, or to identify the presence of asbestos in air or dust samples, many asbestos-containing building products not only are obvious and easy to recognize, but since there were not other look-alike products that were not asbestos, a visual identification of this material can be virtually a certainty in many cases.
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