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Lino versus PVC: the main differences

Lino versus PVC: the main differences


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We commonly say "linoleum" to speak of PVC flooring, when they are two different products. Philippe Rubert, Technical assistant at Forbo, deciphers the differences.

What are lino and PVC made of?

PVC flooring is composed, as its name suggests, of PVC but also of plasticizers and mineral fillers. Linoleum flooring, meanwhile, is a natural product since it is composed of linseed oil, from which it takes its name, natural resins, wood flour, pigments and mineral fillers on a support of burlap. The lino in rolls is only sold through professionals, the installation being more technical of a PVC floor covering, but we now find, in DIY stores, lino in strips and in clip-on tiles.

How do each talk?

They are maintained in the same way, with a solution of water and neutral detergent applied using a well-wrung mop. However, avoid excess water on the lino because the wood flour it contains makes it sensitive to moisture. This is why it is not recommended to put lino in a bathroom or to wash it with plenty of water. The PVC and linoleum floor coverings each have a specific protective treatment applied directly from the factory which facilitates their maintenance.

What are their decoration possibilities?

PVC flooring has many different effects. As it is a printed design and protected by a transparent wear layer, they can imitate tiles, stone, wood, metal ... The decorative possibilities with lino are different. Due to its composition and its manufacturing process, it always has a mottled appearance. But with the lino in tiles and strips, you can play with the layout and with the many colors available.

What is the major advantage of lino compared to PVC?

It is a natural and ecological product. To be ecological to the end, it must be glued with an EC1 classified glue, or else use floating lino in the form of slabs or clip-on blades, like the Marmoleum Click from Forbo, which can be installed without glue and is even reusable when you move since it can be clipped and unclipped at will.