Today’s Linoleum flooring isn’t your grandmother’s linoleum anymore! Linoleum today comes in a wide variety of great colors (not that icky green you may be thinking about!).
Made from natural products, today’s linoleum has been given new life. It has an appealing combination of durability and beauty. Modern linoleum comes in a variety of patterns and colors. The color in linoleum is diffused throughout the tiles, so it does not show wear and tear as readily as other flooring materials.
Linoleum is made with all natural materials, including linseed oil, plant by-products and wood fibers. It is completely biodegradable, making it a favorite among environment-conscious homeowners. Linoleum is also completely hypoallergenic and is water, mold and bacteria-resistant. For this reason, it is most often used in kitchens, bathrooms and basements.
Linoleum flooring is very hard, durable and long-lasting. It is most suitable for high-traffic areas and rooms where durability is paramount. Because of the hardness of linoleum, it is most often used in the kitchen. Basements and bathrooms are other popular places to have linoleum installed; its resistance to moisture and its durability makes it ideal for these purposes.
Linoleum flooring is a DIYer’s dream. It comes in either tiles or rolls. The tiles are the easiest to install, while the roll version requires a bit more precision. Some companies make the tiles so that they install by a click-and-lock mechanism. You can get pointers from a hardware store such as Home Depot; they’ll be happy to give you installation instructions. Linoleum tiles are also easy to repair when damaged. Simply use a bit of linoleum adhesive and some of the left over material from the installation.
Below are some key points to be aware of when installing linoleum flooring:
1. Use only adhesive made for linoleum.
2. Always buy more than you will need for the final floor, so you have leftover materials for any repairs.
3. Subfloor must be smooth, level and DRY.
4. If the subfloor is concrete, repair any cracks.
5. Use precision when cutting the linoleum flooring to fit around corners
6. Allow the floor to dry thoroughly before walking on it to prevent the tiles from shifting.
Grit is the enemy of linoleum so you must clean regularly. The good news is that it is so hard and resilient that linoleum is very easy to keep clean. Sweep and mop the floor regularly. You should mop the floor using household detergent. Many manufacturers also make cleaners specially designed for linoleum flooring such as:
- Linoleum cleaner – used to clean thoroughly
- Linoleum polisher – used to keep the linoleum shiny and new
- Linoleum stripper – used to get deep into the crevices of the linoleum to remove tough grime
There are also products that you can purchase for no-wax floors, to keep your linoleum looking just like it did when you first installed it!
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