Linoleum flooring or Lino as it is commonly known was invented in the late 1850’s by Fredrick Walton. Horsham flooring specialists Euro-Pean Flooring supply and fit linoleum flooring.
Walton stumbled across the idea for linoleum floors by observing the skin produced by oxidized linseed oil that formed on the surface of paint. He played around with tree oils, linseed oils, cork dust and coloured pigments and ultimately started to produce Lino as we know it today.
The name linoleum comes from the Latin word linum, which means flax, and the Latin word oleum, which means oil.
Lino became the floor covering of choice as it proved to be extremely hard wearing and pleasing on the eye. However around the end of World War Two vinyl flooring was introduced and its cheaper cost proved to spell the end of the dominance of Lino flooring. Since the 1950’s the popularity of Lino flooring has gone up and down.
Currently due to its “green” credentials, Lino flooring is experiencing a bit of an up turn. At Euro-Pean Flooring in Horsham, we have certainly seen this trend when we compare the number of vinyl floors that we supply and fit compared to lino floors. The fact that linoleum is Hypoallergenic means that it is the floor covering of choice for many Healthcare professionals and with its many colours and patterns it is becoming more and more popular once again.