Clay, Concrete, Magnesite, Marble, Slate, Stone, Terrazzo, Travertine
Asphalt, Cork, Linoleum, Rubber, Vinyl, Vinyl Composition, Wood
Floor Care Life
Sealing and Finishing
Trouble Shooting Guide
RESILIENT TILE: LINOLEUM FLOORS
Linoleum is a combination of linseed
oil, wood flour, and/or ground cork, resins and pigment. All are mixed together,
rolled out and compressed onto an asphalt saturated felt, burlap or other backing.
Heat is applied during compression which fuses and sets the oils and resign to form strong
binding agents. Although linoleum is basically a wood floor, because it is sealed
throughout with the linseed oil, maintenance should be with water emulsion products.
Linoleum generally comes in sheet goods and popular decorative squares of nearly any
- Avoid high alkaline cleaners. Highly alkaline
materials will deteriorate the linoleum. They cause embrittlement and in some cases
colors fade (whitening).
- Avoid excessive use of water. Excessive water,
especially hot water, will penetrate between the seams or joints causing a loosening of
the adhesive and eventual warping and cracking of the linoleum.
- Avoid abrasives. Cork can be permanently
scratched by sand, grit and coarse floor pads.
Linoleum under the trade name LIN-O-TILE will turn white or yellow
when cleaned with ammoniated or highly alkaline materials. It can be bleached back
to its original color by light scrubbing with a 1:1 dilution of household bleach and
water. Rinse thoroughly, Do not mix bleach with any other cleaners
as dangerous fumes can be created.