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. 


Initial maintenance on delivery of furniture: Clean the surface using a moist cloth and a cleaning and maintenance polish suited for linoleum. Apply linoleum polish according to need and anticipated intensity of future use. This provides a good basis for future maintenance. 


To achieve the best results when cleaning linoleum surfaces, it is important to take the following precautions: 

  1. Never use cleaning abrasives, steel wool or polish. On the contrary, use as mild and lenient a cleaning detergent as possible.
  2. Always follow the directions for use provided on the cleaning detergent in question.
  3. No cleaning detergent will take away all types of stains.
  4. If specific stains have occurred on the tabletop, you may have to clean them in another way than suggested in the following.
  5. The following recommendations only apply where the stains are superficial; they do not apply where the linoleum has been penetrated.
  6. Never place/use hot-plates, candles, fondue sets or similar inflammable items directly on the tabletop. Always use coasters and trivets.
  7. Please note that extension leaves, which for certain table models, are put together and stored under the tabletop, must be clean and completely dry before storage.  


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. 

  • Ballpoint-/spirit pen/wax crayon: Benzine for cleaning followed by a universal cleaning detergent 
  • Chewing gum: Benzine for cleaning 
  • Coffee/tea: A universal cleaning detergent 
  • Cosmetics/shoe polish/wax: A universal cleaning detergent 
  • Fats/oils: A universal cleaning detergent or Benzine for cleaning 
  • Indian ink: Benzine for cleaning followed by a universal cleaning detergent 
  • Lacquer/glue: Benzine for cleaning followed by a universal cleaning detergent 
  • Paraffin wax: Benzine for cleaning 
  • Printing ink: Benzine for cleaning followed by a universal cleaning detergent 
  • Red Wine/juice: A universal cleaning detergent 
  • Soot/nicotine: A universal cleaning detergent 
  • Fingerprints: A universal cleaning detergent or methylated spirits/a window cleaning detergent 

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.