Linoleum is a flooring "material composed of oxidized linseed oil, mixed with cork or wood flour, mineral filler and pigments and bonded to a jute backing," according to Armstrong Flooring. These raw components are largely only two or three steps removed from their natural state.
Linseed contains a large amount of a-linolenic acid, hence the name linoleum. Linseed oil is a drying oil, which means that the oil polymerizes into a solid form.
Linseed is also known as flaxseed. Cooks and nutritionists commonly look to flaxseed and flaxseed oil as an ingredient in bread, etc. Linseed oil is also used as a paint binder, putty hardener, wood varnish or finishing oil (including in Danish oil), leather treatment, lubricant, and more.
Linoleum was the resilient sheet good of the past which has been largely replaced by synthetic vinyl sheet goods. Today, customers still call us asking for linoleum when seeking modern sheet vinyl. However, some special customers who desire to utilize more natural elements knowingly request linoleum.
Contemporary sheet has a wear layer which make it easier to clean than classic linoleum. Linoleum is very susceptible to moisture and alkalinity damage. In response, your linoleum should be coated with a polish as on-going maintenance.
The colors available tend to be warm earth tones. Armstrong offers over 50 colors, but this is a limit color spectrum compared to other flooring types.