If you are looking for new floors for a home and confused as to whether you should go with normal flooring types or the “Eco-friendly” flooring options. Let us take this opportunity to guide you about green flooring and linoleum as one of the best natural flooring choices. First and foremost advantage of green flooring is that it requires little maintenance and lasts longer than most flooring types.
Green flooring has become a popular choice as it is considered as a natural product, healthy and also that offers a variety of beautiful designs with recycled materials. Green flooring is just not something that is made from natural and renewable material; there are lots of points to consider that make it an environment friendly floor.
The material used to make green floors should be renewable, have the capability to be recycled, should be manufactured with responsibility and shouldn’t be a toxic substance that may harm the environment.
With a variety of green flooring materials popping up in recent times, the most popular one is none other than Linoleum. Previously, linoleum was considered as a material with very low quality as it was brittle and had the tendency to crack. Now days, linoleum manufacturers have changed the look and feel of the material making it more tough and adaptable to any conditions.
However strong and versatile this flooring is, it should be cleaned very carefully on a regular basis to keep it from scratches and warps. Regular mopping is all you need to do, to keep your floors clean and fresh. Never use harsh/abrasive cleaners as they may cause streaks and ruin the look of linoleum. If at any time deep cleaning is required, you may use some mild cleaners mixed in warm water and mop it. Must check to see that there is no excess water on the floor.
Linoleum is the end product of linseed oil, cork dust, tree resins and crushed limestone. These are naturally produced from flax plants. Linoleum has a very long life and has the capacity to hold up to a lot of wear and tear. It is also considered to be highly renewable type of flooring that is both water and fire resistant. You have a wide variety of colors and styles and also a sealer that protects from stains. Linoleum is one material that can be produced as long as there is sun and rain.
Green flooring such as linoleum doesn’t require frequent replacement which in turn reduces long term costs. Linoleum floors are very durable, making them last from 25 to 40 years which in turn reduces the amount of waste and saves the environment.
Reason linoleum is a preferred flooring option is because of the adhesives used during installation are 100% solvent free. They meet all the VOC (Volatile organic compound) adhesive requirements that can optimize the Eco system.
Linoleum is not only easy to install, but it is also easy to clean and maintain. Always use environmental friendly cleaners or homemade cleaners. You can make your own cleaning liquid by mixing ½ cup of distilled white vinegar to a gallon of water.
Make sure never to use harsh liquids for cleaning as it may not be so safe for your floor or for the environment. Using abrasive cleaning liquids or cleaners with high pH, on your linoleum floors can wear off you flooring and damage the look of your linoleum flooring.