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September 08, 2006

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Aaron

Good advice, but bummer you had to learn it the hard way. If it's any consolation I'd probably have made the same mistake. :-)

lav

i love reading your blog, it's so interesting. we recently got cork flooring, the tiled kind. i would never get it again, it scratches like CRAZY. the most undurable surface i have ever seen.

emira

Really lav? I'm surprised. I've only ever heard otherwise. I would say that durability wise the marmoleum is pretty awesome. Next time I would take a largish sized sample home to test run for dirt etc. and let someone professional install it to avoid the accidents.

I'm glad our lessons can be applied by others Aaron, I'd hate it to go to waste ;)

Linda

Oh, I completely agree. I have chemical sensitivities and a little bit of design snobbery as well, so like to go as natural as possible. But when I brought home the Marmoleum sample I could see immediately that it wasn't going to work. I have four young children and honestly have time to clean the kitchen floor maybe twice a month, so camouflage was a priority. I finally settled on a sheet vinyl a lot like this one: http://www.armstrong.com/resflram/na/sheet/en/us/prod_detail.asp?itemId=67944.0

And it's fantastic. Can't see the dirt at all! I love it so much, I want to do my entire home in it.

Dave Becke

Our cat litter box stained our new (3 months old) Marmoleum floor. Now on our orange colored floor in front of toilet is a rectangle shaped mark that's quite unsightly. Any suggestions as to what to do?

Dave
Portland, OR

Dave Becke

Our cat litter box stained our new (3 months old) Marmoleum floor. Now on our orange colored floor in front of toilet is a rectangle shaped mark that's quite unsightly. Any suggestions as to what to do?

Dave
Portland, OR

suzanne

we have marmoleum in our kitchen and love it. (yes, it does show dirt, however.) i was wondering, tho-- i thought it "wasn't suitable for use in high moisture rooms" like the bathroom? is it holding up okay in yours?

suzanne

we have marmoleum in our kitchen and love it. (yes, it does show dirt, however.) i was wondering, tho-- i thought it "wasn't suitable for use in high moisture rooms" like the bathroom? is it holding up okay in yours?

suzanne

we have marmoleum in our kitchen and love it. (yes, it does show dirt, however.) i was wondering, tho-- i thought it "wasn't suitable for use in high moisture rooms" like the bathroom? is it holding up okay in yours?

Gloria

I too am in constant update and looking for utopia. Marmoleum was touted in our local paper as the best since sliced bread. I found your entertaining article and had to comment. We installed bamboo (also a green product) in our kitchen and have to say that it is doo doo. It scratches and dents at the slightest impact. I too researched and thought it was the best product. Wish I had done a floating laminate. We glued down the bamboo so there's no going back now. When that has to be replaced I'll have to go on a long vacation.

Gloria

I too am in constant update and looking for utopia. Marmoleum was touted in our local paper as the best since sliced bread. I found your entertaining article and had to comment. We installed bamboo (also a green product) in our kitchen and have to say that it is doo doo. It scratches and dents at the slightest impact. I too researched and thought it was the best product. Wish I had done a floating laminate. We glued down the bamboo so there's no going back now. When that has to be replaced I'll have to go on a long vacation.

tina

am wondering if complaints about bamboo are about planks or strand fusion types

Ellie

I got a beige marmoleum, in the kitchen, and I love it. It's that marble old-fashioned-book pattern, swirly. It feels great and doesn't show dirt. I'm looking for more!

izzy's mama

We have marmoleum in our kitchen and it looks filthy. Not only that, but the tiles are popping up. Part of it is my own fault as I have failed to use the sealant on a regular basis. We have had it for 3.5 years now and I am seeking a replacement

Fooey

I am so confused by this Marmoleum debate. We want to use it in our kitchen for several reasons but after reading literally hundreds of reviews online I am finding people either LOVE it or HATE it. I am hearing a lot of "this is the best floor I have ever owned" or "this is the worst floor I have ever owned." Your description of your experience with it sounds more reasonable but I am still torn.

Now I'm wondering if we should just use fake vinyl linoleum.

Ed Bosworth

I suspect that the product you have is something called Walton, which is like Marmoleum but plain not marbelled (all Marmoleum products have some marbeling in, hence the name). I strongly advise people against having a totally plain floor. Whatever the material is it will show every mark, hair, bit of fluff etc. I also recommend staying away from paler shades of Marmoleum as they do tend show the dirt, but again, be very wary about choosing ANY very pale floor.
For the Lady who had tiles popping up, this should not happen under normal circumstances and my be an installation problem or the result of damp in the subfloor (Contact yur retailer) If you have been leaving water standing on the floor this would also cause the tiles to lift.
The person with a litter tray mark I suggest you try a green pot scourer and scrub away at the mark. This will probably get rid of it. Then treat the floor with Marmoleum maintenance products to restore the protection.

HTH

pat

I am so interested in Marmoleum -- I have an old farmhouse and we are remodeling the kitchen. It is all circa 1940 and I love it, but there is only one power outlet, the plaster is cracking and the plumbing is terrible. So...we are gutting it. I would love to replicate the countertops that I have..which are old lineoleum with an aluminum edge. This type of lineolem isnt made anymore. Do you think that Marmoleum would work for this project?
thank so much for your advice --

Betty Wanek

These comments are so interesting and also confusing. I have to replace a vinyl tile floor in a rental ''great room", am environmentally conscious and would like to use Marmoleum BUT wonder if a rental, where one never knows what might go on, is a good place for it???

I would appreciate advice. Thanks

cec

So Emira, several years later...how do you feel about your marmoleum? has it held up (even dirty)?

sam

WOW! Interesting blog. Marmoleum is awesome! I have installed so much of it and people always love it. I am a certified marmoelum installer.

-The more variation/marbling the more it hides dirt/less cleaning.
-Antimicrobial/Anti static/Non toxic (installation too)
-20+ yr warranty. Have it installed by a pro w/ marmo experience!
-Great for so many applications including rentals.
-Can cost some $ but its life cycle cost is lower than most alternatives.
-Vinyl is bad for you and the enviro not Marmoleum!
-Its definitely worth consideration.

Cork flooring is great too! Buy quality products though too eliminate problems. Costs more initially but well worth it long run.

Happy Flooring!

Jeremy

I install the stuff all the time in medical offices. This is a testament that it is both durable and sanitary. However it is one of the more difficult materials to work with... get a professional to install it, if possible one who is certified as a master forbo mechanic.

If you cover an area it will yellow as "marmo" is a natural product. To fix this just uncover the discolored area and let it do its thing. After a couple of weeks it should be all evened out(cat box "stain" may not even be a stain at all) That said when first installed the color may seem to bright but rest assured the intial over "yellowness" goes away.

There are things that you can do to ruin it so take care of it and it will take care of you for a good long time!

Erika Vohman

I have marmoleum yellow in my bathroom and the light orange in my bedroom and LOVE THEM. i never even mop the floors anymore. just sweep and that's it. you want to clean up spills immediately, so they dont stain. cat box, plants in terra cotta pots, things like that WILL STAIN THE MARMOLEUM. so be careful and you will enjoy a beautiful, low maintenance, green floor for a long time. i get plain water on mine all the time and never have had a problem. if you get a hole, ding or very large scratch, your installer can patch it with a color weld, it will be just like new. I also put it in a rental and the woman living there dripped stains and varnish all over it. it may be ruined, im not sure yet. like i said, take care of this wonderful floor and you will love love love it!

Doctor

We just built a new home and used Marmoleum in the laundry room and guest bath. The other options were tile or vinyl. It is very easy on the feet and cleans up easily. We chose the Asian Tiger and River Raft colors which we are pleased with. I recommend having it professionally installed and seams welded. Be sure they skim coat the imperfections out of the sub-floor or they will transfer through.

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