Linoleum with asbestos? That's how you recognize it!

The term linoleum is still commonly used today for older PVC floor coverings. While the danger of asbestos is almost impossible in a real linoleum, asbestos can be contained in an older PVC floor. The thin cardboard layer under the floor used to be made from almost pure asbestos.

Different floor coverings - different concentration

The PVC sheet material usually has only a thin back of a layer that looks like thin cardboard. This layer is particularly dangerous because it is almost one hundred percent asbestos. Due to the long lying time on the floor, this layer dissolves easily today when removing the floor covering.

If you find such a layer on a floor covering from earlier times, you should be extremely careful with the distance. Larger quantities should be disposed of by a specialist company. Smaller quantities may only be removed with a suitable protective suit and respiratory mask.

PVC tiles

In contrast to the PVC sheets, the square tiles in the appearance of linoleum are heavily loaded. These plates contain between ten and 20 percent asbestos. This does not sound like much at first, but is even more and more dangerous compared to the thin layer of asbestos in the sheeting. From the PVC tiles, the fine asbestos fibers can be released into the environment through wear.

These plates recognize them because they break easily when bent. Normal modern PVC, even when sold in sheet form, can be bent and almost never breaks. On the other hand, the old loaded records break with a loud crack.

Tips & Tricks

Before you worry too much, you should first check the year of manufacture of the linoleum or PVC. If the flooring has been produced before 1993, this is still no guarantee for asbestos. After all, it has been known since the early 1970s how harmful asbestos is. However, many floor coverings have not been burdened with asbestos since the early to mid-eighties. Just take a look at the bottom, if there is even a thin layer of cardboard.

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