Linoleum tile is in bad shapes. Ways to improve it?

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Some areas show blistering along the edges like a chemical reaction. Other areas have black seeping along edges.

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Apr 06, 2018
    Hi L,
    It sounds like it's time to replace it. Often you can paint a linoleum floor, but it has to be in good condition. Wishing you the best.
  • Sounds like that floor has expired, time to take it up and see what is going on. "Black" seeping along the edges is not good, could possibly be mold? Mold is a health concern to you, your family and your pets. Do you know how old the floor is?
    • L L on Aug 19, 2018

      Not mold. It is the adhesive glue seeping at the tile joints.

  • Ken Ken on Apr 06, 2018
    Anything you try to save this tile will be temporary at best. I think it's time for replacement. Floor tile can be purchased inexpensively, less than $1 per square foot depending on the tile you choose.
  • Helen Helen on Apr 06, 2018
    SOUNDS LIKE MOLD WITH THE BLACK SEEPING.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 06, 2018
    This is Old linoleum and the base is a tar type glue. It is beginning to decompose. Might be able to save by using a floor paint?
  • William William on Apr 06, 2018
    I agree with Johnavallance82. You have old linoleum that was glued down with a tar based adhesive. The tiles may also have asbestos so it better not to disturb them. If the tiles measure 9" square then they are asbestos. Do not remove them. You can release asbestos into the air. If they are asbestos you can legally cover them. The EPA calls it encapsulating. Laying another floor over them. Paint or sealer will not work and is not acceptable.
    • L L on Aug 19, 2018

      The tiles are 12" square and put down around 1993 with a dark adhesive. There is no mold as suggested by others. It's definitely the glue seeping at the tile seams. We will be downsizing and moving to a smaller house within the next few years and need to decide if we should layer another floor over this one, or leave it alone for the new buyers. Is it expensive to put a new floor on top of this one?

  • William William on Aug 19, 2018

    You can clean the black adhesive off with mineral spirits and lay down another floor. Or just clean it, see if any more adhesive seeps out, and offer buyers a credit when you sell for them to put down new flooring.

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