I don't think they do. People like to have expensive floors - stone tiles,
wood, etc because when it comes to selling, the kitchen can sinch a deal.
Also, many people spend loads of time in the kitchen - not because they have
to but because they choose to. So they make it nice as possible on the
budget they have.
Personally I just re-lino every 2/3 years or so as its so cheap to do.
Cushioned lino is what I choose and it comes in all sorts of designs and
patterns - tile effect, wood effect, stone effect. Having a new floor every
few years makes a nice change.
Once a wood or tile floor is down it stays down for many years.
On Sat, 05 Jul 2003 20:04:07 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Jake) wrote:
I wasn't even aware it was still available! I remember lino from my
childhood because it seemed to be the de-facto standard in our houses
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Do you mean real lino or any general vinolay type flooring? The lino I've
seen had a sort of sacking woven in it or on the back of it.. Recently I've
had new cushioned vinolay flooring put down in my kitchen and it's warm
underfoot. I've also added a couple of fairly large mats which makes it
really cosy. The one thing against that type of flooring, if you're not
careful, is that things can dig into it.
The origin of lino - 'linoleum' - is boiled linseed oil applied to a woven
linen backing. It used the flax plant to very good effect.
No idea how authentic modern lino is but I haven't seen it on sale for years
Mind you, I haven't looked.
There's some in our 1960s caravan which was used by two parents and two sons
for many years and it's hardly scuffed at all. We've restored the 'van and
redecorated it completely, only the floor covering is the same. Must be good
A while back (1 year?) Discovery H&L had a segment from "ThisOld House" with
Norm & whatever the other guy is called, and they went to a factory in
Scotland that produces something like 25% of the worlds lino... It was
cool. I always thought it was made from Oil (i..e out of the ground oil),
but it was made from (IIRC) linseed oil & a few other things...
Anyway. The sacking on the back is used to give the lino strength.
I did hate lino, because I also associated it with Vinyl... However I'm
starting to warm to it, especially the fancy stuff. This factory in
Scotland did some really nice patterns (There's a name for it, but I can't
remmember what it's called... The same as some wood veneer stuff... Damn...
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because what they think is lino isn't. They're probably thinking of
the thin linolyte tiles that 'council' houses used to have. Or the
crappy vinyl cushionfloors from cheap carpet outlets.
Proper Marmoleum from Forbo Nairn costs a bloody bomb and is used in
the best hotels etc....
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