Safe to Install Vintage Tiles in My Home?

Safe to Install Vintage Tiles in My Home?

Regina Yunghans
Sep 6, 2011

Q: Yesterday at the Habitat for Humanity I found a box, unopened of possibly 1960s floor tiles from Montgomery Ward. I am pretty sure they are made with asbestos, but they are the most beautiful black with multi-colored flecks. What I want to know if if it is still safe to use these in my house. They were article #4206 plastic asphalt.

Any information would be extremely helpful.

Sent by Megan

Editor: We're not sure about how (or if it's possible) to install asbestos tiles safely, but we do know that most any of the old 8"x8" are indeed asbestos. So, the size of your tile could be a hint as to whether it's asbestos or not. Readers, do you have other suggestions? Please leave them for Megan in the comments - thanks!

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