Does anyone have linoleum flooring any more?

Do you remember linolium floors? - linoleum floors
United States
March 8, 2008 10:58am CST
I just read an article saying that linoleum is making a comeback for use on floors and I remember a time when that was all that was available. My Mom used to use the big roll it came on when she made her bed and she covered it with the chenille bedspread...lol...it was used instead of pillows...oh so many years ago! They are saying it's "greener" becaue it's made of linseed oil, jute, wood, cork and rosin when in contrast vinyl flooring is madr from a petroleum product that releases cancer causing dioxins during production. It also cleans up nicer and it lasts longer! Does anyone still use linoleum on their floors? Do you remember when you did? What are your thoughts on it?
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@elemental69 (1562)
• Ireland
8 Mar 08
I have just taken up linoleum off the floor in the kids playroom that was only put down a couple of years ago. It was a jigsaw piece pattern on it. It is the easiest to clean and keep clean... and especially its the best thing when kids are around. A friend of mine put it down in her sons room last week. It looks so much like a wooden floor and when you look down at the floor it doesnt look any different. It looks so real... :-)
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• United States
17 Mar 08
I've seen some linoleum that looks so much like wood that it's amazing! There are so many great patterns to choose from and it's great for a kids room.
@luvstochat (6917)
• United States
8 Mar 08
My entire house is carpet. I really hate it. We are looking at those self sticking tiles to put in the bathroom they are vinyl.
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• United States
17 Mar 08
The self stick tiles are great. I had them in apartmenent I used to live in and I did theme all by myself. They are so easy to put down and to take care of.
@suspenseful (40331)
• Canada
9 Mar 08
I always thought our floor was linoleum, but now I have to check and see. It came in a big sheet and we had professionals put it in. That was about ten years ago and all I know besides it being white and showing the dirt more, is that if you drop a sharp steak knife and it nicks it, that the cut stays and no one in the whole universe, let alone Earth has shown me a way to fill in the few nicks. I have not tested to see what kind it is though. I think it is linoleum because when we replace that crappy old flooring, that is what we looked .
@chrislotz (8209)
• Canada
23 Mar 08
I have worked in the construction business for 25 years and since then I now work cleaning houses. My answer to this is yes, most people still use linoleum on their kitchen floors and bathroom floors, but not in the rest of the house. I have never heard about this cancer thing you are talking about and if it were true than the health people wouldn't let it be sold. All the new houses being built still use it in the bathrooms and kitchens and it is very unusual for it not to be used. In the rest of the house people are using laminate or hardwood or carpet, but still lano in the rooms I have mentioned.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
15 Mar 08
linolium floors - Might be a thing of the past but I still love them
Hubby and I had linoleum floors when we lived in Arkansas in which we put down. It was right pretty if I say so myself and so easy to clean. They seem to be a thing of the past but I still like them. The house we bought in North Carolina and now live in, it has all hardwood floors in the kitchen and hallway however, I wonder if it's under the carpet in the rooms. I'd love to take it up and have them refinished if wood is there. Maybe some day we'll do that.
@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Mar 08
As a child we always had lino on all our floors. It was considered an upgrade, if one could afford carpet, which eventually we did for nearly all rooms. I put lino on the floor of my first house. For many years now, carpet & lino have been out of fashion. I have slate on my kitchen floor, floorboards in the lounge & family room & carpet elsewhere. I would be quite happy of lino came back into fashion as it easy to clean & quite cheap.
@writersedge (22580)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I thought that whoever put dimples in it needed a swift kick where the sun doesn't shine. I had to get down on my hands and knees with a scrub brush at a job I had to get all the dirt out of the dimples. I would like linoleum if they made designs with flat surfaces that were easy to clean. I was never a fan of vinyl flooring either. I like wood floors and ceramic tile. Interesting that linoleum is green though, never knew that. Take care.
@pergammano (7739)
• Canada
9 Mar 08
Great question! Being a Tiler, by trade, I am finding a great resurgence in Linoleum flooring. And basically because it is "greener." And amazing enough it is a lot more durable than vinyl flooring. They have found that "vinyl" and "faux wood flooring," OFF-GAS for time immemorial...leaching all the toxins in our homes. I will be in the process of re-flooring my entire home, soon....and yes, I will opt for Tiles, Linoleum...no vinyls, no carpets! Carpets (synthetic) also release toxins, and mini-fibres, forever, too. The mini-fibres released by carpets are almost invisible, by so affect our lungs.
@ebberts (786)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Yes I do remember linoleum. And from time to time have seen small rolls in the stores. I didn't however know it was making a come back. Do you remember the linoleum with the big flowers on it. I thought it was pretty.
@GardenGerty (70583)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 08
I have seen some interesting decorating shows that featured linoleum and I had understood just what you said about it being greener. I think it was also more expensive than vinyl. No, I do not have any in my house.
@goldwin65 (937)
• Malaysia
8 Mar 08
I think you are right about linoleum is making a come back. When I was young, linoleum was common in most home however it was replaced by other form of floor or mat. However last year I went to hardware shop and I saw linoleum on sale with better pattern and design. Sometime it is good to see the old things make a come back.
@worldwise1 (14893)
• United States
8 Mar 08
I do remember, ctry, when everyone had linoleum flooring in the area where I lived, and, yes, the upkeep was relatively simple. It would seem we are returning more and more to the old ways in many things. I remember all the beautiful designs and patterns that were available in linoleum. They could virtually transform the appearance of a room. Linoleum was also quite durable and would hold up under repeated moppings and waxings.