Marmoleum — it sounds like the love child between the fourth planet and linoleum, right? Well, you're half there. There's actually nothing otherworldly about this terrific product. It's made from natural, sustainable elements, including pine rosin, wood flour, and linseed oil. It's similar to linoleum but superior in many ways.
Forbo, a company with plants and offices around the world, manufactures this remarkable vinyl-type flooring, which is becoming increasingly popular for everything from residential kitchens and baths to commercial and retail buildings.
Though the word linoleum might bring up a slightly negative feel with visions of grandma's old sun porch, Marmoleum is a revolutionary flooring product that brings linoleum up to a new level. It is more durable than traditional vinyl flooring, and because it is made of all natural products, it does not release any VOCs. Even better, it is bacteriostatic and anti-static, which is great for allergy and asthma sufferers. Forbo's Marmoleum Click product, with its glueless installation, is actually the first flooring product to be certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Maroleum is also beautiful. The product comes in sheets or tiles that lock into place, and with the amazing imaging technology available today, innumerable patterns and designs, as well as about every color in the rainbow, are at your disposal. You can express your personal style with a buffet of choices.
In addition to be pleasing to the eye, these floors are also easy on the back. They are easy to clean and maintain. All it takes is a damp mop and a non-abrasive, pH-neutral cleaner to keep it looking new. No more spending hours on your hands and knees refinishing the floor — just apply resurfacing product when it's time. It's also hard to stain…and if a spill does turn into a stain, because the colors permeate the material, you can just buff down the surface finish and reapply polish, and you're golden. Marmoleum is also fire-resistant and does not melt, so it does not contribute to the spreading of a fire.
Beautiful, durable, allergy-friendly, and easy to maintain — doesn't get any better than that. So give Marmoleum a look when you're ready to give your floor a facelift!