Originally Posted by 62overlander
heat gun and a wide putty knife. As long as you do not cut them and make dust the asbestos is not friable. If they snap, no big deal. Wear a dust mask, wash your clothes, and shower afterwards. The amount of asbestos in your tiles is very low.
Not quite true. If they snap, some asbestos fibers do come loose.
Handy trick, taught to me by a contractor who worked for us removing asbestos floor tiles from a building constructed in 1919… Get some Gilette Foamy shave cream. Coat each tile with shave cream before trying to pry it up. The shave cream will trap any fibers that do come loose. Don't bother trying to remove the shave cream afterwards, just put the foamed-up tiles directly into a disposal bag.
Then, a regulatory requirement: Non-friable asbestos such as floor tiles can be disposed of in a common landfill, you don't need to go to the expense of taking it to a controlled landfill. BUT the floor tiles need to be double-bagged first. Wrap them in a heavy-duty plastic bag, and tape it securely. Then wrap that in another plastic bag, and tape that securely, too. Then you're ready to dispose of it in any dumpster.