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Linoleum

I think the floor I want is called Linoleum. I've heard it's a green product. Is this true?
Genuine linoleum, not to be confused with sheet vinyl or the new fiberglass floors, was invented almost 150 years ago. The primary ingredients in linoleum are linseed oil from the flax plant, wood or cork powders and ground limestone. Mineral pigments are added to give linoleum its vibrant colors. These materials are then rolled onto a jute backing to make flooring. Because Linoleum is made from all natural materials it has gained popularity recently as a truly "green" floor.

These same natural materials also cause a harmless odor and a slight yellow discoloration at installation. Both will disappear when the floor is exposed to light and air.

Linoleum for residential use is sold in rolls and a high performance coating may be bonded to the surface to improve durability and make cleaning easier. Because linoleum is very durable and naturally anti-microbial, it's a good choice for kitchens and playrooms.

What you should know:
- Because linoleum is made from abundantly available, renewable materials it truly is a "green floor".
- Be sure that the linoleum you choose for home use has a high performance coating. This eliminates the need to polish the floor and protects it from high ph cleaners.
- Samples of linoleum should be exposed to light before you make your color selection.
- Linoleum is not recommended for a DIY project. Professional installation is important to protect your investment in your floor.
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