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Reconsidering Linoleum Flooring

Reconsidering Linoleum Flooring

When thinking of great flooring for your home, linoleum is not what usually comes to mind. Viewed as cheap, low-end and certainly not natural, linoleum would probably be found towards the bottom of the list of preferred flooring options, where hardwoods, laminates, and increasingly, renewable alternatives such as bamboo and even cork are favored.

The reality is what most people think of as linoleum isn’t true linoleum at all; they’re thinking of vinyl flooring. Even many salespeople assume you’re referring to vinyl tiles or sheets if you ask about linoleum flooring. While there are low- and high-end vinyl options available, and the ease of care is undeniable, vinyl is not made of natural, renewable materials; polyvinyl chloride is a major component. In contrast, true linoleum consists of oxidized linseed oil, pine rosin, ground cork, limestone dust, jute and pigments. It is durable, resisting dents twice as much as vinyl, giving it a cost-effective longevity. Like vinyl, linoleum is soft and provides a bit of cushioning when walked upon. Also, like vinyl, it is available in many designs as both sheets and tiles.

Caring for linoleum flooring is simple: simply wet-mop it with a mild soap or detergent.

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Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.

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12:56AM PDT on May 29, 2013

I am dreadfully thankful to all of your team for sharing such motivating information.
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1:03PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

thank you

4:28PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Thank you

4:28PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Thanks you

12:55AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing

8:19AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Thanks for the info.

7:46PM PST on Feb 24, 2011

i was brought up with lino,no fitted carpets when i was young

7:38PM PDT on Sep 14, 2010

Thanks for the info!

12:05PM PDT on Sep 5, 2010

I live in an old house and the linoleum fits in with the style of the house. And there are so many colours and styles to choose from.

5:25PM PDT on Sep 4, 2010

linoleum can be a new style ,even is not OK material cause of longevity.

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