Just had a salesman telling me how great marmoleum is. I need an independent
opinion - is it better than vinyl for a kitchen? Will it fade in direct
sunlight, or stain easily?
Thanks in anticipation.
This answer covers Marmoleum from a business perspective and I have not had
experience in the domestic product. (AND NO I have no connection with Forbo
or anyone that sells it)
Marmoleum is used in many "contract" locations and installed correctly
performs very well. Ensure the material is laid on a smooth surface without
any major highs or lows otherwise it can, like other vinyl's or thin
flooring materials, wear unevenly.
Click on to
for information regarding the domestic product. Whist on the website also
click on the Business tab to see that here are many versions that are all
One last thing, make sure that what you are being offered is manufactured by
Forbo as there have been similar products that people refer to as Marmoleum
in the same way as Hoover has become a generic mane for a vacuum cleaner.
Funnily enough, I was just looking at acres of the stuff today in a new
hospital that is under construction. Linoleum (for that is what it is) is
much better than vinyl. It is antiseptic, which is good for kitchens, and
it's made of natural renewable materials, so it's good for the environment.
It's very hard wearing and will outlast any vinyl. Though it's more
expensive than vinyl, it gets my vote.
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