I recently purchased a house built in 1948. Under the
kitchen carpet (Why would anyone carpet a kitchen?) that was
glued to a layer of peel and press tiles, was the original
linoleum floor. Most of it is in pretty good shape, and I
like the look, plus I'm hemmoraging money so I'd like to
keep it for at least a year or so. I've heard I can
refinish it with linseed oil, but I haven't been able to get
specifics about prep, application, and so forth. If anybody
has experience on this stuff, please share!
Thanks very much.
It became somewhat popular in the '70s when Indoor/Outdoor carpeting became
available. My guess is that the marketing department got a silver star for
selling that idea, a gold star for getting people to put it in bathrooms. I
cannot imagine having it around the toilet.
They sold it as "washable," which it is, outdoors where you can scrub in a
cleaner and hose it off. Not the hot set up in your average kitchen or throne
room, unless there are no splashers in the house.
"The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the
exercise of his mind." Jacques Barzun
As a complete aside, linoleum has natural germ killing properties - many
third world hospitals still use lino and dont have the problems with exotic
bugs like golden staph that thrive on vinyl surfaces.
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