The linoleum flooring keeps itself clean

The linoleum flooring has some special features that set it apart from other floor coverings. In addition to the elasticity, sound insulation and heat of movement it has an antistatic and antibacterial effect. Therefore, the flooring made of linoleum is often chosen in rooms with high hygiene requirements.

Ingredients and hygiene properties

The name of the linoleum is composed of the Latin words linum for flax and oleum for oil. The linseed or, in some cases, soybean oil is, besides cork or wood flour and jute fabric, the main constituent of linoleum. As binders natural resins are used.

A linoleum flooring is often found in hospitals or public facilities such as kindergartens and gymnasiums, where the hygienic cleanliness of the floor covering plays a special role. In addition to the antistatic property, the constant slight oxidation of the linseed oil on the surface ensures a bacteriostatic and antifungal effect.

Forms of flooring made of linoleum

A floor covering made of linoleum was laid in earlier times almost exclusively in the form of pure boards or glued as roll goods. This installation, which is unusual in private households today, is still practiced, for example, in gymnasiums where linoleum thicknesses of four millimeters are usually used.

Today, the private market is dominated by floor coverings in which a two millimeter thick linoleum layer is applied to a support. The product range extends from simple rectangular or square panels for glued installation to multi-layer parquets with tongue and groove, which can also be laid floating in a click technique.

Surfaces are remunerated

Floor coverings made of linoleum, depending on the manufacturer and model, similar to a parquet seal, a so-called surface finish. This usually consists of acrylic lacquers with chemical components and is usually used in heavily used public spaces. For use in private rooms, acrylic-free coatings are also available.

The linoleum is a warm, sound absorbing and elastic floor covering. Indented dents or deformations quickly disappear. Normally, in the private sector, the standard thickness of two millimeters is used for both linoleum parquet and linoleum boards. There are also products three or four millimeters thick, which have greater sound insulation and softer elasticity.

Tips & Tricks

For allergy sufferers in particular, a linoleum floor covering is a good alternative if a natural material is desired. The antistatic effect avoids the development of house dust and the few residual dusts that can settle on the surface are wiped away with little effort.

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