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Marmoleum flooring is special in that it is made up from 72% renewable materials, 97% Natural and 43% of which is recycled.
Linoleum was invented by Frederick Walton in 1855. The English inventor actually stumbled upon the idea for the famous floor-covering after noticing a flexible skin on a can of paint.
The linseed oil had solidified due to oxidisation, and Walton thought it may be a suitable as a replacement for expensive rubber imports from India. Walton realised very quickly that linseed oil oxidises at a very slow rate, however, so he quickened the process by adding lead and zinc.
He began selling his linseed resin to clothing manufacturers as a waterproofing substance; however, the resin would cause fabric to break down. Many months of experimentation allowed Walton to develop a process of producing floor-coverings with his new resin.
Walton's brand name was linoleum, but his failure to secure a trademark on time meant it quickly became a generic term throughout the world. The modern-day material is now usually made from polyvinyl chloride (vinyl flooring, cusion flooring) usually mistaken for linoleum and very different.
These fire-retardent properties and the non-slip nature of marmoleum make it perfect for hospitals, commercial kitchens and production facilities. The use of organic substances in manufacturing process makes the flexible and versatile floor-covering ideal for care homes, and it is often used in high-dependency wards in hospitals.
Linoleum flooring is still used across the world, yet it is very different to Walton's first incarnation. A company called Forbo Nairn in Scotland is the world's largest producer of the famous floor-covering, but it is now sold under the brand-name of Marmoleum. This Kircaldy-based producer is the oldest existing of the product in the world, and it currently exports to countries all over the world.
Marmoleum linoleum as it is called today is more popular than ever. With an exciting array of textures and colours which would match almost any interior decor.
Author: Daniel Carter