Linoleum flooring, which was unavailable for many years and is now experiencing a resurgence is made from all natural ingredients, making it very much in demand for environmentally aware consumers.
Linoleum Flooring is often mistaken for vinyl flooring
, but linoleum is much different from sheet vinyl, vinyl tile and vinyl composition tile. Linoleum floors are generally produced with natural ingredients.
Linoluem is a combination of linseed oil from flax, cork, ground limestone, resins, drying agents and pigments all on a backing of jute fiber. This combination of materials makes linoleum flooring resistant to fire.
Linoleum flooring is a durable product that is comfortable, warm and quiet. The built-in shock and sound absorbers of the cork backing act as an excellent sound deadening material.
Linoleum flooring is also hypoallergenic and antistatic; this makes it a wonderful choice home, office or medical facilities. With the antistatic qualities linoleum repels dust and dirt.
Benefits Of Linoleum Flooring:
- Very enviromentally friendly.
- Comfortable - shock absorbent, warm and quiet.
- Shock absorbent.
- Anti-static - repels dust & dirt.
- Easy to maintain.
- Easy installation-no glue or special tools.
- Fire retardent.
Maintaining Linoleum Floors:
The occasional sweep and a damp mop with a little mild disinfectant is all that is required to maintain your linoleum floors. Due to its natural components it is recommended that harsh strong alkali /acid detergents (ammonia typically) are not used.
In case of damage to your linoleum floors, here are some tips:
- Mild scratches can be neutralized by some buffing and a bit of water based polyurethane.
- Holes can be fixed by melting a wax crayon of the same color into the hole and letting it set.