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Linoleum Floors

Linoleum is manufactured from a mixture of linseed oil, wood and cork flour, pine resin and ground limestone spread and baked over a jute backing. This makes linoleum very durable and easy to maintain. It also makes it antibacterial and hypoallergenic, a big environmental plus.

Linoleum comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, allowing for infinite design possibilities. It is extremely comfortable underfoot. When properly installed, linoleum is water resistant, making it a good choice for kitchens, baths, utility rooms, dining rooms, entry ways, playrooms and children's bedrooms. It comes in both tiles and in sheets.

The following should be considered when buying linoleum:

  • Tiles are easier to install and can be less expensive as they result in less waste. They allow for greater creativity in planning a design.
  • Sheets are more water resistant, but they only come in certain widths. If the floor is wider than 6 feet, the sheets need to be seamed and the joints must be waterproofed with a heat welder and welting rod.
  • Linoleum can be more expensive than vinyl, but it lasts longer and looks more natural.

Linoleum floors are easy to clean. They should be swept or vacuumed frequently and occasionally mopped with clear water. Enhancing products can be applied for extra shine, but you will need to periodically strip them to avoid build up.

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