It is a flooring material that was very common esp. in kitchens before all the new no-wax flooring types. It was used mostly in kitchens. I hated it at the time because it seemed very dull. It is actually more environmentallly friendly as it is made from vegetable oils and burlap( I think...not sure about that). Therefore, it is making a something of a comeback. I like it now. It is supposedly now made in Holland.
Why would one walk on non natural flooring. We prefer wood, granite and marble.
R9, that's Marmoleum, I think.
R10 it is natural, made from linseed oil.
It does have one huge advantage over no-wax flooring, the colors can be wonderfully bright and you can do things with patterns that would be impossible with modern floor coverings.
I can only dream about having linoleum in my house. Tres chic!!!
Wikipedia is your friend.
Lino is still being made today. It is indeed made from natural materials:Linseed oil, sawdust and burlap.
The color goes right through it, unlike the new flooring materials.It will last and last and last, as a result. When I sold my parents house, it had the original lino flooring in the kitchen some 40+ years later. It still looked good. The real estate agent who sold them the house said it would last a lifetime. It sure did!
I'll never forget my first visit to The Linoleum.
I was to contend with Biggus Dickus. I'd trained non-stop for this occasion. If I failed, I would be exiled to a small island in Germany.
When I entered the ring, he was standing there all sweaty wearing only a shower cap. I jumped into the ring! The dance off began!
This has been a funny thread. But I'll share truth.
Linoleum off-gases toxins after installation. It's just about the cheapest flooring you can get, and therefore common in rentals and people trying to make cheap changes to sell their homes. It's true you might be able to find "cute designs".
Marmoleum is similar but less toxic. It costs more.
Then there's laminate, which is real wood, but only a very thin layer of it. This costs more than linoleum and off-gases less, but doesn't look as good as a hard wood floor (which costs quite a bit more).
r17, you're thinking of Vinyl flooring.
Vinyl replaced linoleum in most houses, but people still call it linoleum.
Vinyl flooring = plastic (petroleum based)
Linoleum = linseed oil.. It's about the greenest flooring you can buy.
It always baffles me to see a question like this posted in a message board.
You clearly are on-line. You have access to Google. Are you suffering from some kind of mental challenge?
Charlie, what are you doin' up there? I'm layin' Linoleum. Well say hello to her for me.
The Travis section of Staten Island was originally called Linoleumville, named for the first US plant manufacturing the floor covering.
linoleum after it gets old needs floor wax.
The fact that OP could even spell it says this thread is b/s
Op, in your day, it was what you called, oil cloth.
It looks dismal unless waxed and buffed. It is amazing how nice a 50-year old floor can look after maintenance, but it requires horrible chemicals to strip the wax followed up by a new wax coating which needs to dry, followed by buffing. In my hospital they do it overnight, whole portions of corridors are sectioned off while the staff works on it. I know of at least two people in the hospital who wind up checking into the ER for a few hours because their asthma or migraines get exacerbated When the census is low enough, patients are moved from their rooms temporarily into one section of the unit while the floors on other half are being worked on. Then, moved back when it is done.
Seems like a lot of work. Stone is probably easier to maintain.
We just bought a country house about 2 hours out of NYC. It hadn't been lived in for several years and needs a lot of work - there was a really charming linoleum floor underneath carpeting in the kitchen but it was beyond renovation.
There aren't a lot of fun options out there anymore. I wanted to find something retro with a feel similar to my parent's house but it was nearly impossible to find it. What is out there almost seems more expensive than the wood we went with. That surprised me.
R26, you have carpet in the kitchen?
Oh, silly r19.
This is one of those threads where OP didn't really want a definition of the thing, but really just wanted to see what kooky answers Datalounge could return.
It's all about our witty conversations.
R19, lemme guess, at parties you have your face in your iPhone because why the hell have a conversation with someone when all that crap can be found out online?
It is true that lino looks better, much better, waxed. I didn't mind the look of it unwaxed as it was similiar to a matt finish. That would not be to everyones taste, however. Mom always waxed the floor. I didn't.
The wood laminate floors that I have dealt with are not worth the money, imo. Better to save and then get something worth spending money on that will last longer, wear better and look so much better,too.
Do a search for companies still selling lino. They are out there.
R26 here - we did have carpet in the kitchen. I'm not sure why. It's the first thing we ripped out. We got lucky and were able to install hardwood for $2.50 a square foot. So much better now.
Around here a lot of landlords carpet the kitchens, especially in low end units. Carpet is cheaper to install, and in an old house you probably need to repair the subfloor or put down underlayment before doing vinyl--carpet hides all sorts of floor problems.
They just replace it every time the unit is vacant.
So much Ewwwww! at the idea of carpet in a kitchen.
What is Linoleum? Ugly.
Buddy Love: If you don't mind, I have a date at the alumni ball, and you have a date with linoleum.
Sherman Klump: Who?
Everything linoleum can do cork can do better.
Cork is the King of floor coverings.
When first invented, linoleum was very expensive and fashionable.
No wax flooring put a crimp in the sale of linoleum. I think of the first no wax floors was marketed under the name Shinyl Vinyl
R28 I know, I just couldn't resist telling a stranger on the internet that I thought (s)he was stupid.
R29 Well, if your idea of a party is people standing around and asking one another questions about objective general knowledge (What is linoleum? What is petroleum? What is mausoleum? What is perineum?), then you might actually consider leaving your house and talking to real people. Because that's not what happens.