Re: Kitchen flooring material: ?anyone used ceramic tile?
From: Diana Carroll (dianaecarrollgmail.com)
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:01:28 -0700 (PDT)
Sharon, can you say more about this:

"We didn’t know that Marmoleum should only be damp mopped "

I didn't know this and I have marmoleum and we also have it in the common
house.

Is there some other kind of mopping other than "damp"?

On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 10:32 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] 
sharonvillines.com
> wrote:

> On Mar 11, 2018, at 2:22 PM, Ruth J Hirsch <heidinys [at] earthlink.net> 
> wrote:
> >
> > We are looking at kitchen flooring material.
> > Complicated decision.
>
> I did flooring research for Takoma Village a number of years ago. I can
> tell you a few things.
>
> We originally had Marmoleum “planks” which are tiles on wood pieces that
> clip together. It was a disaster. We didn’t know that Marmoleum should only
> be damp mopped and we never had it “polished” which is a waxing. Using
> planks meant that all the seams were exposed to water. Marmoleum is a wood
> product so the whole floor was quickly a mess. Plus the water was going
> through the planks to rot the subflooring.
>
> We replaced with a sheet of Marmoleum and heat sealed the one seam. We
> have it professionally “polished” once a year but that isn’t enough for the
> kitchen. It fairly quickly starts looking dull. Every 2-3 months would be
> better.
>
> Well-maintained Marmoleum will last “forever”. The color is consistent
> throughout so when the surface wears down the color and pattern don’t
> change. If it is polished, only the polish wears.
>
> Marmoleum will also stretch for a year or two after it is installed so a
> second and third trimming might be required depending on how much it is
> boxed in on all the edges.
>
> At last to ceramic tile. Marmoleum is fabulous on the feet and is quiet.
> It absorbs sound. It requires a lot of maintenance in kitchens. Our
> hallways, children’s room, and laundry do fine with polishing once a year,
> though personally I think twice would be better. We damp mop in between.
> The same would be required of ceramic tiles.
>
> Years ago when we “all” had linoleum in kitchens, as soon as it began to
> look dull, we added a coat of polish -- monthly or more often. Removing the
> old polish was done once or twice a year. If you were careful in applying a
> thin coat, then it had to be removed less often before it started building
> up and looking messy.
>
> Marmoleum vs linoleum from a vintage floor installer: Marmoleum is made by
> a company that has been developing it for decades. When linoleum was
> introduced, it was very popular but was replaced with vinyl tile that was
> maintenance free. Companies stopped making linoleum. But not the Marmoleum
> people — they continued to develop it. It is now better that the linoleum
> produced by other manufacturers who are playing catch up.
>
> https://www.forbo.com/flooring/en-us/products/marmoleum/cfctp7
>
> Marmoleum also has hundreds of incredibly beautiful colors and patterns.
> Of course we chose a color and pattern by consensus so we have safe and
> boring but it is a beautiful floor. The best site to see all the colors:
>
> https://www.greenbuildingsupply.com/All-Products/Marmoleum-Shop-by-
> Color-Collections
>
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
> http://www.takomavillage.org
>
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