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What is Linoleum?

What is Linoleum

Linoleum is a floor covering made from natural materials such as linseed oil (linoxyn), pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate. Forbo linoleum is often formed on jute backings.

  • Natural & Organic
  • Safest material in construction
  • Water-resistant and easy to maintain
  • Used widely in projects that call for green and sustainable materials

Sourced from Canada, Linseeds (or flaxseeds) are harvested from the flax plant and are pressed to extract its oil to be used as the main ingredient in linoleum.

As the name suggests, Pine Rosin is obtained from pines, produced by heating fresh liquid resin to vaporize the volatile liquid terpene components. It can be converted into abietylamine acetate for killing algae, bacteria, mildew, mollusk and others pest.

Wood flour is finely pulverized wood that has a consistency equal to sand or saw dust and is commonly used as a filler in thermosetting resins such as linoleum coverings.

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed primarily of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the form of the mineral calcite. Powdered limestone is used as a filler in linoleum to enhance its durability and toughness.

Sourced from Bangladesh – Jute is used primarily as a base binding layer to stabilize the linoleum. It acts like the fibre-glass layer in many construction materials and maintain a firm structure for the covering.

Sourced from Portugal where cork harvesting is heavily regulated, the first harvest happens only after 25 years after being planted. The bark is then harvested every 9 years, with no need to cut down or damage the trees.

Natural colour pigments are found in nature that is ground, sifted, washed, and in rarer cases, heated to create a desired hue. Colours are used where natural resources are available, such as red and yellow ochre, charcoal, and white from ground calcite.


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