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Flooring a building cannot be taken lightly. There is a wide variety of flooring available these days and linoleum is one of the traditional and mostly opted flooring. They are natural flooring and less expensive when compared to a mosaic or granite flooring. Though invented in 1863 by Fredrick Walton, linoleum flooring became popular since the 1950s. Though widely used in residential and commercial buildings, there was a slump in its usage after the invention of vinyl flooring.

However, even in this modern world, linoleum still finds a usage as widely accepted after considering the advantages and disadvantages of linoleum. This flooring comprises of organic products comprising linseed oil, wood flour, rosin, limestone and jute. The biggest advantage that keeps its use in rise is the ability to cut and design the flooring to our choice. This results in great designs depending on the user’s creativity. Also its bio degradable nature and non toxic quality popularizes its use in today’s world when we talk exhaustively of green energy.

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Also its anti microbial nature finds it suitable to hospitals and schools and being water resistant it is widely preferred for bathroom, kitchen etc. Do not forget that when there is an advantage in a product, we cannot forget that there are a few disadvantages too and being non heat resistant direct exposure to heat has to be avoided and these floors must be protected from moisture.

Certain simple but regular maintenance like mopping regularly and using mild cleaners etc. will give a longer life to these flooring. Restore the lost natural oils of your linoleum by using small amount of baby oil. If properly maintained, these flooring work out to be very cheap because of its longevity and low initial cost.

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Source by Louisa Martin

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