Linoleum Flooring USA
Installing and maintaining Linoleum Flooring
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5. Installing and maintaining linoleum flooring
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INSTALLING AND MAINTAINING LINOLEUM FLOORING
Laying linoleum sheet
Laying linoleum sheet is not a task for the amateur homeowner. The sheet is difficult to handle and to cut to size, the joints need to be carefully aligned, and for a perfect job you need a 100lb roller. In small rooms such as bathrooms or toilets with a complicated floor shape it is necessary to make a paper template to the exact size and shape of the room, then cut the linoleum using this template.
As a further refinement, and for a
more hygienic edge, the sheet linoleum can be turned up along the edge, to
produce a curved 'flash cove'.
Laying linoleum tiles
Simple linoleum tiles are made of exactly the same material as sheet linoleum, but factory-cut into tiles, typically 12 inches square. They are very much easier to lay than sheet, because they are easier to handle, and are much easier to cut to the room shape. This is because each tile can be individually cut to fit the edge of the room.
The tools and technique for laying
linoleum tiles are the same as for vinyl tiles.
Laying click-together linoleum tiles
Click-together linoleum tiles typically have a thickness of about 10mm, made up of 2mm of linoleum, 7mm of high density fibreboard, and 1mm of cork backing. They have an intricate edge profile which enables adjacent tiles to click firmly together. They are, like simple linoleum tiles, much easier to lay than sheet linoleum. They float on the sub-floor, and do not need to be glued down.
Forbo provides on its website
detailed instructions for laying its Marmoleum Click product. Key points include
the need to leave the Marmoleum Click boxes, unopened, in the center of the room
to be floored for 2-3 days (6 days in winter). Also a gap of 10mm (3/8 inch)
needs to be left all around the edge of the floor to allow for expansion and
contraction. After installation of the last panels, quarter round molding is
installed to cover the expansion joints all around the room. These instructions
Maintaining linoleum flooring
A linoleum floor can be used immediately after laying. You can sweep and dry vacuum the floor straight away, but it is advisable to wait at least five days before carrying out any wet cleaning procedures, or moving heavy furniture onto the floor. This gives the adhesive time to cure and become resistant to dampness and denting.
Manufacturers such as Forbo supply proprietary floor cleaner, which can be used with a clean damp mop. They also supply floor finish, which can be applied to restore the shine of the floor. The frequency with which the finish needs to be applied will vary from every two months to every twelve months depending on the amount of traffic on the floor. Forbo provide detailed maintenance advice for their Marmoleum flooring here.
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