Linoleum in the bathroom: is that possible?


Especially because of its natural hygienic properties, linoleum is also suitable for the bathroom. Whether this is actually possible, and how, read here.

Linoleum and wet rooms

After all, linoleum is not only a pure natural product, but also inherently bacteriostatic and fungicidal - that is, it inhibits the growth of bacteria and acts in many areas also fungicidal. This effect comes from the exhalations of linseed oil, the main additive, the linoleum also owes its name.

However, the use of linoleum in the bathroom may be very problematic for the following reasons:

  • Linoleum is only partially suitable for wet areas because it is sensitive to moisture
  • The laying must be carried out very precisely, otherwise moisture may penetrate
  • Linoleum - as a natural substance - can rot on moisture contact
  • Linoleum is absolutely "dense" - that is, behind it penetrated water can no longer flow away

The use of linoleum in the bathroom therefore wants to be well considered. Although many specialist companies also offer a system that virtually eliminates the risk of moisture penetrating the bathroom, nobody can guarantee it 100%.

And even small amounts of moisture lead to high levels of mildew and to the fact that the linoleum practically rots in a very short time.

Despite the hygienic properties not the best alternative

Linoleum is for the bathroom - or more generally for wet rooms - so not necessarily the best alternative. It is, with appropriate relocation, although possible, but always remains problematic. Even modern forms, off the well-known and well-known by the meter, offer no significant advantages.

The "successor" of linoleum, the modern PVC flooring, on the other hand, is much more resistant to moisture, but the problem of tightness and the possible formation of mold behind it also exists in PVC.

Tips & Tricks

The optimal and in any case the best covering in the bathroom are always tiles. Today you can also achieve modern designs with structural tiles, tiles in wood or stone look. You do not have to attach elastic floor coverings.


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