The Pros and Cons of Mamoleum Flooring

Marmoleum Flooring is made from completely natural materials including linseed oil, resins, wood flour, jute and limestone. It is a tough environmentally friendly alternative to vinyl floor coverings.

It is available in sheet, tile or click plank style format in a variety of colours and finishes, including Ohmex with improved electrical resistance and Acoustic to reduce impact sound. It looks fantastic in the promotional material but will it work for you?


Made from natural materials containing no VOCs this flooring will not release any toxins or chemical residues. The linseed oil used in its production inhibits the growth of bacteria and it is 100 per cent biodegradable.

It is easy to clean; anti-static properties mean that dirt is repelled. It is also ideal for asthma or allergy sufferers as it is not a suitable environment for dust mites.

The estimated life of the floor under normal use is fifty years and it is easy and inexpensive to repair if scratched.


Marmoleum certainly has a lot working in its favour. However, there are a number of recurring complaints about this flooring. Staining, pet accidents being a particular issue and there are reports of it denting and scuffing easily.

Whilst cleaning is easy, maintenance is required to ensure the floor’s longevity.

These downsides can be minimised. Ensuring that any spills are wiped up as soon as possible reduces the risk of staining. Putting pads on the feet of furniture and avoiding wearing spiked high heels will guard against dents and scuffs. Only use the recommended cleaning solutions and avoid hot water or steam cleaners. Most important is following guidance regarding adding and maintaining a floor finish.

If you think that Marmoleum could be the right choice for your home, Glenearn have a large showroom of display floors and expert advisers to assist you with your selection.

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