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Feb 13th
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Linoleum: The Comeback Kid

By Lisa Sabini, FLOORS, ETC.

Trends come and go, but as we well know, they tend to come full circle. This is as true with flooring as it is with fashion. That’s why, when we buy a house, many of us remove the carpet to expose the original hardwood flooring.  Meaning hardwood was in, then carpet was popular, then hardwood became the flooring to have again. Today, there’s a new comeback kid in flooring: linoleum.  Popular in the 1950s, it was replaced by vinyl in the 1960s, but today linoleum has been experiencing a revival as people discover that it possesses the following benefits:


Environmentally friendly—Linoleum is made from renewable, all-natural materials including linseed oil, cork, wood flour and natural pigments. It’s biodegradable and recyclable; it also contributes to good air quality and contains no toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Versatile designs—Linoleum comes in over one hundred colors and many styles, from sheet goods to tiles to even click flooring for the do-it-yourselfers.  If you want to add an even more personal touch, linoleum tiles can be arranged in any pattern you desire.

Easy maintenance— Linoleum is antistatic, meaning it repels dirt and dust, making it not only easy to clean but also hypoallergenic, as it naturally inhibits the growth of germs and microscopic organisms.  It’s a great flooring choice for kitchens because spills can easily be mopped up without harming the flooring.  Regular maintenance is also easy because surface dirt can be removed by vacuuming or with a damp mop. 

Durability— Today’s linoleum is more stain resistant than it was in the past.  It’s also very durable.  It withstands dents and scratches, and if properly installed, linoleum flooring is resistant to damage from water and moisture.  Furthermore, the hues and patterns extend down through the wear layer, so the color doesn’t fade.

Low cost— Linoleum costs about $2.50 to $6 per square foot uninstalled, making it a very affordable flooring option.

At Floors Etc., we offer some wonderful options in linoleum flooring. If you’re interested in installing linoleum in your commercial or residential space, we look forward to discussing which options will work best for your needs. Visit us at, or feel free to call us at 831-462-5586.

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