lino flooring with horsham’s euro-pean flooring

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.

how is linoleum flooring made?

Linoleum is made of linseed oil, pigments, pine rosin and pine flour. It is manufactured by oxidizing linseed oil and adding the other ingredients to form a thick mixture called linoleum cement.

According to the Columbia University Press, “linseed oil is exposed to the air in a succession of thin films until it is of a rubbery consistency, or it is thickened by heating until it becomes a spongy mass, after which it is ground, mixed with pulverized wood and other ingredients, and then applied to the foundation and rolled smooth. The final process is a thorough seasoning in drying rooms.”

how do you clean linoleum flooring?

Generally speaking lino flooring mostly comes with a polyurethane coating which acts as its wear layer. What this does is seal the surface of the lino so that tiny particles of dirt cannot penetrate, thus making the cleaning of the flooring much easier.

Put simply a lino floor needs little or no maintenance when new. Just use a damp mop with a lino cleaning solution and that will suffice for the majority of users.

In more heavily trafficked areas ongoing maintenance of lino flooring is the key. A good cleaning regime should include for regular stripping and resealing of the lino floor once the polyurethane coating wears off. How long this may take depends on the amount of traffic and the product used, but broadly speaking most schools (including the schools that Euro-Pean Flooring in Horsham serve), for example, will strip and re seal their lino flooring annually during the summer break.

If you have any questions on the cleaning of a lino floor, please do not hesitate to contact Euro-Pean Flooring, based in Horsham. We are experts at lino flooring installations and undertake both domestic and commercial flooring works from Horsham to London and all over the south east.

pros of lino flooring

  • Good colour range
  • Inexpensive
  • Easily maintained
  • Flexible
  • Hard wearing
  • Green credentials

cons of lino flooring

  • Susceptible to moisture (it is wood based flooring after all)
  • Can crack
  • Often needs P.U. sealer
  • Very heavy
  • Joins need welding

overview of lino flooring

Lino flooring does what it says on the tin. It is generally an inexpensive hard wearing flooring product that comes in sheet or tile format and has a variety of uses. From our base in Horsham, we at Euro-Pean Flooring make available to our customers many textures and colours which can be used in all environments both commercially and domestically.

Whether linoleum flooring really is as green as some flooring manufacturers say is a matter for debate but it is certainly better than most resilient floor coverings in that department.