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I work at a senior center where clients come daily to engage in various activities and eat lunch.  Over a year ago we had the dining room carpet taken up and replaced it with tile.  About 6 or 7 months ago we began to have glue seeping up between the tiles here and there.  It continues to do this and I have become concerned if it could be toxic in any way.  There is no odor and it wipes up easily with a damp cloth.  It is a sort of a beige color. Thanks for being here for people like me who have questions like this.

I do not think its toxic.  Glues manufacturers are under stringent guidelines so that its not toxic.  However I would find out why its coming up.  I think you may have a moisture problem and the tiles eventually will start to fail and come off the floor. Did they test the floor for moisture prior to install?  You may want them to come back and look at it.  Carol

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Carol Blaha


Flooring questions: Specification, Warranties, Inspections, Product Knowledge, Enviromental Issues


I have been in the field 25 years, first as a specifier, then retailer and currently manufacturer representative on contract with 8 manufacturers, independent inspector and conduct moisture testing. Founding board member of the CO Chapter, US Green Building Council

WFCA (World Floor Covering Association), NTCA (National Tile Council America) SCRT (Society of Cleaning & Restoration Technician), ASTM F60, (Environment) and F06 (Resilient Floor)

Colorado Real Estate Journal, Smart Buildings

MBA, CTC (Certified Tile Consultant), RRT (Carpet Repair & Reinstallation), CCT (Carpet Cleaning Technician, ISSI (Substrate Inspection) and completed coursework for Independent Ceramic Tile Inspector, Hardwood/Laminate Inspector and Senior Carpet Inspector. Scheduled to complete Independent Resilient Inspector in April.

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