The versatile classic with a contemporary edge. Marmoleum is Forbo’s main brand for its core Linoleum collections. Ranging from subtle marbled designs, to modern concrete and intriguing striped patterns, Marmoleum offers a floor design to suit every taste or application. There are over 300 colors and 12 different design structures to choose from.
Marmoleum, Forbo’s main linoleum brand, stands for versatility in application as well as in color and design. In addition this natural floor covering is extremely duarble and offers the most sustainable choice whenever a resillient floor is considered.
All Marmoleum floors now include Topshield2, a double UV cured finish that takes care of beautiful floors with a lasting appearance retention, that results in the flooring solution with the lowest costs of ownership over its life-time.
Marmoleum is certified 100% biobased. This natural linoleum floorcovering is made from 97% natural raw materials, 70% of which are rapidly renewable, along with a 43% recycled content. The key raw materials used in its production include linseed oil, which comes from the flax plant seeds, wood flour as production waste from controlled forestry plantations and jute, a crop whose fibres provide the material for the membrane onto which the linoleum is calendared.
Topshield2 is a floor finish, developed by Forbo for linoleum. Topshield2 has been designed as a highly performing finish to create a ‘ready to use’ Marmoleum. A floor that requires no initial maintenance or polymer application and is even more resistant to dirt pick-up, less prone to wear and has improved resistance to scratches and stains.
We Take the Green Road
Natural Raw Materials
Marmoleum is a natural floor made from 97% natural raw materials, 70% of which are rapidly renewable, along with a 43% recycled content. The key raw materials used in its production include linseed oil, which comes from the flax plant seeds, wood flour as production waste from controlled forestry plantations and jute, a crop whose fibres provide the material for the membrane onto which the linoleum is calendared.
What makes Marmoleum special is that it is created entirely from raw materials obtained from their natural habitat right where they grow and renew, often in just 12 months time. Jute and flax are annual crops that can be harvested just like wheat or corn. Extracting rosin is a continuous process, while wood flour, a waste material from the timber industry, is derived from European production forests. Limestone is available in abundance.
All this makes Marmoleum a natural floor covering, one that, after a long 30-plus year life cycle, can start all over again. Marmoleum can be scrapped, since it’s biodegrade. Alternatively, controlled incineration of Marmoleum delivers a higher caloric value and creates thermal energy that outweighs the energy used during production. This demonstrates the full life cycle circle from which nature ultimately benefits.
Forbo’s Marmoleum collections are presented in a series of different designs and color ways. Colors between collections are coordinated. Below please find a description of the individual designs in the Marmoleum collections.
Marmoleum Marbled: Real, Fresco, Vivace
The marbled collection is presented in a vast array of colors, combining stronger and subtler marbled patterns in one presentation. Marble designs combine anything from three to eight different colors that can vary in intensity and contrast. Sometimes they create bold, strong contrast resembling real marble, yet sometimes the colors are more subtle like fresco murals.
Marmoleum floors are easy to clean and maintain thanks to their durable Topshield2 finish.There are generally three types of cleanings are performed on Marmoleum. The first is an initial cleaning. You would want to wait a minimum of five days following the installation before conducting initial cleaning or other wet cleaning procedures in order to allow the adhesive to dry and cure properly. The initial cleaning is done for new installations exposed to normal construction soil and traffic.
The second type of cleaning is a routine cleaning. The routine cleaning should be performed a minimum of once a day, depending on the application, type of traffic and hours of operation.
The third, and final, type of cleaning is an interim cleaning. The interim cleaning should be performed as needed, depending on the application, type of traffic and hours of operation.
Additional maintenance may be performed if necessary.
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