Linoleum is a natural material made from linseed oil, pine resin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate, most commonly on a burlap or canvas backing. The material has a matt sheen and is soft to the touch. The material is also bacteria repellent because of the oxidation, and is sound absorbing as well.
Linoleum is constructed from 3 layers; impregnated felt paper, linoleum granules and lacquer - together they form a solid surface that is hardwearing, durable and easy to maintain.
Linoleum is a CO2 neutral product, as the raw materials absorb large amounts of CO2 while the production of the final material emits less. Fritz Hansen use’s Forbo Furniture Linoleum, which is a 100% natural material, produced from recyclable raw materials. Out of the ingredients (linseed oil, resin, limestone flour, wood flour and eco-friendly colour pigments) as much as 72% are rapidly renewable.
To achieve the best results when cleaning linoleum surfaces, it is important to take the following precautions:
Wipe the tabletop with a clean cloth wrung in a solution of hot water and a universal cleaning detergent (ammonia acceptable) or soap flakes/a washing detergent or hot water with about 10% vinegar. Finally, wipe it off the tabletop with a clean, dry cloth.
Wipe off loose dust/dirt. Wring a clean cloth in a solution of water and a universal cleaning detergent (ammonia acceptable). Pour a little extra cleaning detergent on the cloth and wash the tabletop until all stains are dissolved.
Alternatively, the cleaning detergent can be applied directly on the tabletop/stains. Leave it for a few minutes to take effect before wiping it off again. Wash off with clean water to avoid stripes/blotches, you should then wipe the tabletop with a clean, dry cloth until it is completely dry.
Use linoleum polish at regular intervals to maintain the surface. To remove persistent stains, use a neutral detergent solution. Rinse with clean water before applying the linoleum polish.
WARNING: Benzine for cleaning, methylated spirits etc. are inflammable. Only use with caution. Make sure that the room is ventilated.
Always wash off with clean water. To avoid stripes/blotches you should then wipe the furniture with a clean, dry cloth until it is completely dry.
Do not spill alcohol or hand sanitizer on linoleum asit will cause staining.
Please note that linoleum is an organic material made of linseed oil, resins, ground limestone, wood flour and pigments rolled on a felt paper
base. Therefore, you should be careful if you use the furniture in areas where the surface in longer periods will be exposed to large quantities of water and strong chemical agents, including alkaline detergents, as they have a degrading effect on linoleum.