I pulled up some old flooring. Underneath there is material that looks like paper, maybe fabric, that is glued to the hardwood below. I would like to refinish the hardwood. Is there an easy way to determine if the material on top of the wood has asbestos in it?
From the similar questions linked in the comments above, the general answer is to:
Avoid ripping or tearing that would result in dust. It's only in the form of dust that asbestos is hazardous.
You can get an inexpensive test kit or check with local companies that perform this test.
If it is asbestos, only have a professional attempt to remove it.