There are so many types of floorings available today that choosing the right one for your homes or commercial complexes can be a tough choice. One such flooring is the linoleum flooring. For those who have no idea of this kind of flooring, you must know that it is flooring made with ground cork dust, pine resin, linseed oil, sawdust and some mineral fillers like calcium carbonate, on a canvas or burlap backing. There are many pros and cons of this and so, let us read more to understand everything about linoleum flooring.
Characteristics of Linoleum Flooring:
- Linoleum flooring is a resilient sheet flooring made from a mix of various materials. The resilient quality means that the sheet gets compressed when walked upon and then quickly bounces back. It has a slight cushioning effect.
- It is made from natural materials and hence is ecologically friendly.
- It is usually made from linseed oil, powdered cork, wood powder and some other materials pressed onto a burlap or canvas backing.
- It is water resistant and quite durable.
- Linoleum is a sound and heat insulator.
- It is also quite durable.
- Today, linoleum flooring is available in a variety of styles and colors, making it a perfect option for DIY designers.
- You get linoleum flooring in snap-together tile form or glue-down sheets.
- The sheet can be pigmented using dyes to give a range of patterns and colors.
- You can add a protective coating on the linoleum sheet to protect it from scratches and to make it fade-resistant.
Pros and Cons:
- It is a very durable and flexible flooring type that is available with warranties upto 25 years. If you care for your linoleum flooring properly, it can last up to 40 years or more.
- Linoleum flooring is made with renewable materials that are both biodegradable and economical.
- It does not emit harmful VOCs. You might get a faint odor from the linseed oil, but that is harmless and will dissipate in a few weeks.
- A major advantage of linoleum sheets over vinyl and laminate is that the sheet will always maintain its color and good looks because the pigments are distributed evenly throughout the thickness of the sheet and not only on the surface like that in laminate or vinyl floorings.
- Laminate floorings, because of their uniform pigmententation easily camouflage dents, dings and scratches.
- Only occasional sweeping and mopping will help you maintain your linoleum flooring for long.
- Linoleum is hypoallergenic and hence quite popular amongst those with dust allergies.
- It is water-resistant upto a certain degree as compared to wood or laminate floors.
- As the flooring is resilient, it can get easily dented by furniture legs or high heels. If you use a sharp object, it may cut the sheet.
- The flooring may turn yellowish or dark when exposed to sunlight. This process is called ambering. You need to ensure that your sheet is protected with a coating to prevent ambering.
- Linoleum flooring cannot be installed in bathrooms, laundry rooms, outdoors or any such areas that are prone to moisture, water splashes or harsh weather. If you are installing linoleum flooring in a basement area, ensure there is no dampness or leaks.
- If you have freshly installed a linoleum flooring, it can be slippery.
Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Linoleum Flooring:
Light Daily Cleaning:
You can enhance the cleanliness and beauty of your floors by following the below mentioned tips:
- Use a dry, microfiber cloth or mop to wipe the dust and dirt from your linoleum floors regularly.
- You can use a soft-bristled broom once a week or a vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt and debris.
- Use a damp mop to wipe the floor. You can prepare a solution of hot water, a cup of vinegar and a few drops of dish soap. But, after mopping with this solution, it is advised to mop again with clean water.
- Allow the floor to dry thoroughly before you place your rugs, foot mats or carpets.
It is suggested to deep clean your laminate flooring once or twice a year to remove the deeply embedded dirt, debris and stains. This will help you restore the natural beauty of your floors.
- You will first have to vacuum or sweep the dirt, dust and debris from the surface.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the floor generously.
- Prepare a mopping liquid of hot water, a cup of vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.
- Then using a mop, wipe the floor with this water.
- Scrub using a soft bristled brush wherever you find stains or yellowish appearance.
- Again mop the floor with clean water to remove any residue.
- Ensure that the floor dries properly and there is no water accumulation in any area.
This way, if you deep clean your linoleum flooring twice a year and mop it regularly once a week, you will be able to enhance its beauty and maintain its integrity for long. For cleaning and maintaining stone floors, pFOkUS’ restoration products are highly recommended.