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Marmoleum: A Sustainable Flooring Option

Marmoleum is an environmentally beneficial flooring option because it is made from natural materials. Natural components included in marmoleum include linseed oil, natural flax, rosins, and wood flour. Even the backing, which is comprised of cork for the Click Floor and jute for the sheet material, is eco-friendly.

For people who have allergies, marmoleum is very beneficial.

On its surface, it won’t encourage the growth of microorganisms.

No formaldehyde, no asbestos, and no toxins are present in marmoleum flooring.

The firm that makes Marmoleum is called Forbo. Marmoleum comes in a range of hues, designs, and sizes.

Marmoleum Sheet Material is available in widths of 6 foot 7 inches and may be bought in lengths starting at 1 foot and going up to 105 feet. Marmoleum sheet material needs to be installed using glue. Only professionals should install marmoleum sheet material.

Two sizes of marmoleum tiles are available: 13″ X 13″ and 20″ X 20.”


Not the Marmoleum Click floors, please note. Marmoleum tile needs to be installed using glue, which is best left to the experts. The backing of glue-down tiles is polyester.

The 12″ x 12″ Click Tile and the 12″ x 36″ Panel are the two sizes of Marmoleum Click flooring that are offered. The back of Marmoleum click floors has an attached cork underlayment. Generally speaking, the Marmoleum click panel is less expensive and takes a little less time to install than click tiles. The click tiles are a little trickier to install, as I can attest to from personal experience as a certified flooring contractor. Unless the tiles are staggered, all four corners must line up precisely. The panels, or planks as they are also known, need an offset stagger and are therefore easier to install. There’s no need to install everything precisely.

I am frequently questioned about the Marmoleum stripping and polishing procedures. So let’s set the record straight.

Marmoleum’s floor finish used to need to be removed and reapplied. The verb “use to” is crucial here. Residential use no longer requires it. Marmoleum was redesigned a few years ago with a “Top Coat” permanent finish. Although you can remove the finish, you are in no way required to. On top of the Top Coat, additional coats of floor finish or shine can be applied. To achieve a greater gloss level, you can even apply extra coats. Always adhere to the bottle’s instructions.

It goes without saying that I am only speaking in a household setting and not in a commercial setting.

The topic of seam sealing is raised again.


The majority of vinyl flooring include a seam sealant, however Marmoleum does not. Marmoleum uses a heat weld in commercial applications, but a home installation is not necessary. Marmoleum does not crack as easily at the seams under typical home use because it is a natural substance and does not have a felt backing like vinyl flooring. Consequently, a seam sealer is not necessary.

I advise applying the floor finish or polish to the entire floor if you feel the need to seal the seams. This will help allay your worries. The Marmoleum bottle’s instructions should always be followed.

Hiring a qualified installation contractor would be a better idea. The majority of contractors are not regulated, although they may be required to submit to a board or group. That disqualifies them as being competent, trustworthy, or even honest. Usually, it’s a mechanism for the government to collect license fees.

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