November 8th, 2013
Nothing can make over your home faster than new flooring. It can breath new life into an old looking living room or kitchen. There are many different types of flooring available on the market today including vinyl, laminate, wood, and linoleum.
Linoleum is a resilient type of flooring, highly durable and, with proper care can last up to 40 years, which is longer than vinyl flooring. Regular cleaning of all of your floors will help prolong their life and preserve them. Linoleum flooring can be easily cleaned by damp mopping with clear water and a mild cleaner. Newer linoleum has surface protection applied by the manufacturer which help make them water and stain resistant.
Linoleum is better suited for areas that will be getting moderately wet than laminate flooring. Linoleum flooring is perfect for use in a kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and mudrooms as mud and water are easily cleaned up.
One downside is that linoleum can tear. Use caution when moving any kitchen appliance around on a linoleum floor. Lay a piece of plywood down on the floor and carefully slide the appliance onto the plywood. Make sure that when you move the appliance it is resting evenly on the plywood as you don’t want to make any dents in the floor beneath.
Linoleum is thin and must be laid carefully. The sub flooring beneath the linoleum must be free of any bumps or irregularities or nail heads because these irregularities will be obvious under a linoleum floor.
And we wouldn’t be doing our job here if we didn’t dig up some history for you. Thanks go to wikipedia.
Linoleum was invented by Englishman Frederick Walton. In 1855, Walton happened to notice the rubbery, flexible skin of solidified linseed oil (linoxyn) that had formed on a can of oil-based paint, and thought that it might form a substitute for India rubber.
It was made from renewable materials such as solidified linseed oil, pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate, most commonly on a burlap or canvas backing; pigments are often added to the materials.
Linoleum has been largely replaced with polyvinyl chloride (yet still colloquially known as “linoleum”), which has similar properties of flexibility and durability, but which has greater brightness and translucency and which is relatively less flammable.
Because it is made of organic materials and is purportedly non-allergenic in nature, high quality linoleum is still in use in many places (especially in non-allergenic homes, hospitals and health care facilities). Linoleum tiles can be made to various designs and inlaid with various colors to form patterns reflecting the shape and use of a room.
So if you decide to go with linoleum, do your research to ensure you’re getting real linoleum and not vinyl flooring.