Contrary to most people I really like the old fashioned linoleum floors too. I’m not talking about vinyl that everyone seems to refer to as linoleum but the real thing. My 1949 home in Spokane had linoleum tile under the hideous shag carpet. I think it was also fairly typical in grade schools of a certain era.
Marmoleum is the new and improved version of the original linoleum. It’s warm on your feet, doesn’t off gas harmful VOC’s and comes in fabulous vibrant colors and patterns. If you want a shiny floor that screams “I’ve just been moped and waxed” then this product isn’t for you. I prefer a matte finish myself, and something that is very low maintenance.
We put chartreuse in the kitchen and charcoal in the bathroom. We originally considered putting down cork or bamboo floors, but since we have hard woods through-out the rest of the house I thought a splash of color would be a nice change. Plus what research I did on those materials pointed to a lot more care required than for the Marmoleum.
Before we ordered it I did a stain test on the samples we had. Red wine, coffee and water sat for hours, pooled on the surface. They washed right off! No stain.
Another benefit? This…
...produces a lot of hair. With the subtle pattern of the Marmoleum you don’t see it. Of course it’s still there…but not seeing it is nice.