Greetings- we are renovating a very old shack and will be removing the ‘exquisite’ kitchen carpet which has been glued to a cement floor. Any suggestions on how to best prepare the floor -once carpet removed - to install floating flooring?
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Thank you for sharing your question about how to prepare your floor when installing floating floor systems.
My number one suggestion is to make sure that the floor is flat. Remove any remaining glue that is attached to the floor using a Craftright 5-in-1 Scraper and for really stubborn spots use an Ozito 100mm (4") 850W Angle Grinder. Just remember not to overdo it. Your objective is to get a nice flat surface.
Now that the carpet has been removed. This would be a good time to observe if there are any water leaks or wet spots on the floor. If there are leaks, they will need to be repaired before installing the floating floor. However, if there are no leaks and the floor is flat you can begin your installation.
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We have taken up carpet on a floor in old 60’s shack to find what looks like dried up black dusty type dirt - not sure what it is? Think some type of dried up rubber glue? Any suggestions around what it’s us or any safety issues to be concerned about? Thanks
This might be a case where a picture of this dirt-like substance would be really beneficial for our members when trying to determine what it actually is. Is the dried up material between the carpet and a concrete slab? If so, then one would assume it is some type of glue. At a bare minimum, you'd need to be wearing a respirator and have gloves on when dealing with it.
I look forward to seeing some images, as they'll help us get to the bottom of this mystery. Please let me know if you need any assistance uploading them.
I apologise, @Norman1. There doesn't appear to be any identifiable substance from your image. Perhaps a closeup or a higher resolution image would give us a better look.
You need to be aware that some carpet underlays re-used hessian bags that contained friable asbestos. Glues and adhesives used on carpet underlay may contain non-friable asbestos. So, there is a possibility that this substance contains asbestos. In the absence of a test that has determined this substance does not contain asbestos, you should treat it as it does. All appropriate safety measures need to be taken.
My concern is that this "dusty type dirt" might be asbestos ridden hessian that has deteriorated into a crumbly dirt-like appearance. It's advised that you seek professional analysis for any unknown glue substance in older dwellings as up until the 1980s, asbestos was occasionally used in adhesives.
Here's our Best Advice article on Where might you find asbestos in your home?.