floor types: resilient flooring
SEAL YOUR LINOLEUM
Sure, you will earn LEED points, but you need to coat linoleum flooring to preserve its integrity and its beauty. Are you ready to learn about a better way to care for your linoleum floors?
Linoleum can be a tricky floor material to work with, but EPIC High-Performance Floor Finish for is an excellent way to protect and rejuvenate your linoleum floors. Just one coat of EPIC lasts 3-5 years or more.
WHAT IS LINOLEUM?
Linoleum flooring is often marketed as a green product , and it is typically used in hospitals, clinics, schools, and government buildings.
- Made with linseed oil, wood or cork powder, and ground stone
- Color shifting and yellowing often occurs
- Typically sold in large sheets but also as 13”x13” square tiles
- Considered recyclable
- Sensitive to solvents and alkalinity including wax strippers
- Welded seams and cove-base is possible
- May include a UV-cured factory finish
- Marketed as green with potential for LEED point contribution
Unfortunately, linoleum’s non-welded seams are commonly known to deteriorate easily. It also tends to develop other detrimental issues such as adhesive protruding through tiles, moisture seeping between tiles, and/or excessive gaps forming between tiles due to settling or improper installation. Although linoleum usually comes with a protective UV-cured factory finish, the finish eventually degrades and leaves the flooring exposed. Linoleum is sensitive to solvents and alkalinity (high-pH cleaners and most wax strippers), meaning that traditional acrylic wax floor care programs are quite problematic for this type of flooring.
EPIC: Seals and protects
Because linoleum is a tricky floor type, the easiest way to protect and thoroughly seal it and its seams is with one coat of EPIC. It creates a waterproof barrier that is easy to clean and will prevent degradation. Additionally, EPIC enhances the natural color and provides a gorgeous sheen. Throughout the lifetime of the single coat, linoleum looks as good as it did when it was first applied.