Cleaning, Maintaining, and Encapsulating Asbestos Tile

Aug 31, 2021

Most of the buildings that were built before the ‘90s and after the ‘40s have a high chance of containing asbestos in their walls, floors and ceiling. So, while cleaning such a building, you need to be aware of the asbestos present in there. And, mostly the main problem arises with asbestos tiles. 


Asbestos is one of the naturally occurring silicate materials that were largely used in the formation of buildings from the ‘40s to ‘90s. It was so widely used because of its capabilities of sound absorption, insulation, strength, resistance to heat, etc. 

Asbestos Tiles

Asbestos Tiles

It is quite difficult to differentiate normal tiles from tiles that contain asbestos. So, the only way is to get it tested by a professional asbestos tile removal expert. But, you can always guess depending on when your building was built. 


What to avoid doing on asbestos floors? 

There are certain things that you need to avoid doing on asbestos tile floors while cleaning or maintaining them. These are, 

  • Sanding floors
  • Disturbing or damaging the tiles as the broken or damaged tiles will release harmful asbestos fibres.
  • Using a stripper
  • Cleaning with a high pH cleaner might melt the surface. It will make the tile lose colour and it will lose its gloss. 

So, these are the things that you need to avoid when you are cleaning or maintaining your asbestos tile floors. If you do not keep these in mind, then you might end up damaging your asbestos tile floors and that would end up releasing asbestos fibres which are inhalable and would affect the health of you and your family members. 

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Asbestos? 

Like we have mentioned earlier, asbestos floor tiles contain asbestos fibres that are the reason behind several health problems when inhaled. So, to save you from asbestos exposure is to never try anything that can cause some sort of cracking, disturbance, breakage, or any damage to the floor tiles as this will release the fibres in the surrounding air. 

Asbestos exposure

Also, asbestos-related diseases do not occur just after you have inhaled them. These diseases occur after years since you have started inhaling the fibres. So, oftentimes it is hard to understand if there is exposure to asbestos in your building. Moreover, asbestos-related problems also arise in the case of people who work in asbestos tile removal. But, you can take precautions just by asking an asbestos abatement expert.

How to Deal With Asbestos Flooring? 

The best way to deal with and minimise the risk of exposure is by encapsulating them. This prevents the chances of breakage or damage and enhances the air purity in your house or commercial space. Also, it will be quite cost-effective. 

Asbestos floor

There are people who try to perform asbestos floor removal all by themselves. But, this is something we discourage. Asbestos tile removal should always be performed by a licensed asbestos removalist. Otherwise, there will be a high chance that you will make the tiles turn into dust and that will release the minute asbestos fibres in the air. 

There are two ways to encapsulate your asbestos floor tiles. These are, 

Sealant Encapsulation

This is the easiest way to encapsulate your asbestos floor tiles to prevent any sort of damage or disturbance. For this, you need to buy a good quality sealant to make sure what you do to your floor lasts long enough. 

Epoxy Encapsulation

This process is similar to sealant encapsulation but, all it needs is expert hands to make sure it is done perfectly. So, it is better to hire a licensed asbestos removalist for the process. Although, if you choose to do it all by yourself, then you need to have personal protective equipment in place. Also, you must read the instructions as well as the safety measures that are mentioned on the product label. 

So, these are the things that you need to keep in mind before you start with cleaning, maintaining, or encapsulating your asbestos floor tiles.