Easy-to-care-for linoleum flooring options
Linoleum flooring is long-lasting, affordable and, for homeowners with a green conscience, made from 100 percent natural and renewable material. It is inherently antibacterial and dust-repellent, and it offers a clean, natural look that homeowners love.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Linoleum Flooring
Before you invest in a linoleum floor covering, you'll have to make sure your subfloor is in good condition. It should have an even, smooth surface and be free of paint, wax, grease, solvents and dust; if it's not, you'll have to make the necessary corrections before installing linoleum floors.
When your subfloor is ready, follow this process to lay the linoleum floor covering:
- Create a paper template of your floor. Start by going around the perimeter of the room, taping paper sheets together as needed using masking tape. Prevent slippage of your template by cutting small holes in the sheets of paper and pressing masking tape over the holes to attach it to the subfloor.
- Determine whether or not you'll have to use multiple linoleum sheets to cover the entire surface area. If you do, make sure you can match the flooring patterns at the seams.
- Attach your floor template to the surface of your linoleum sheet with masking tape. Using the template as your guide, trace a line on the linoleum where you need to cut it.
- Carry the cut linoleum into the room where you need to lay it, taking care not to crease or bend it. Rolling it up loosely tends to work well. Making sure your floor is clean and dry, position the linoleum floor covering.
- Line up and seal the seams, if you need to use more than one piece of linoleum.
- Use a notched trowel to apply the adhesive to the subfloor. Check for and get rid of any bubbles you find.
- Press the linoleum flooring into place and apply any edging you wish to add.
Easy Maintenance of Linoleum Sheet Flooring
You'll need to apply a quality floor wax to your linoleum covering to prevent the possibility of its surface being stained by dirt or spilled liquids. Wash it using a product recommended by the flooring manufacturer; ammonia-based and alkaline cleansers are not recommended.
Should you find that the seams are coming apart, or if you spot a tear on the surface of the flooring, cover it and call a repair professional. You can hedge against the possibility of tearing your floor by laying down plywood over the linoleum covering if you ever have to drag heavy objects across the floor.