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Applying TopShield

Should I apply TopSheild and TopShield 2 to My New Marmoleum Dual Tile Floor?

So many people seem stuck once they have Marmoleum installed as to how to take care of the floor. Your best bet is to always follow Forbo recommendations for cleaning and for using TopShield and Top Shield 2, but lets come up with a really simple way to think about it.

1. Do No Harm – Just like the oath the doctors take, you need to be careful about using things that we THINK might work but are not approved. You can permanently damage a floor. If you are insistent and need to experiment, even after the company that has been making it for 150 years says otherwise… go right ahead.

2. Use the Right Cleaners – Floor cleaner that is “PH balanced” is the right thing to use. Forbo makes their own and it is not terribly expensive so maybe you can find it online and wait a few days to have the right stuff delivered. You just use a capful to a gallon so it will last a long time.

3. Spot Clean – Using Forbo cleaner or a mild ph balanced alternative you can spot clean any sticky or messy spots. Over doing the cleaning by mopping constantly can simply make a place for bacteria and biological stuff to live when it is warm and damp. Going to harsher chemicals to kill every germ in existence is like trying to kill the earth’s last mosquito and the ones left behind are more resistant and harder to kill. Can you use a wet steamer gadget? Yes, but don’t over do it.

4. Sweep & HEPA VAC Next – Many folks are insistent that a clean floor is one that has just been mopped. This is not always true. Thing about it like this. If you have dust on your floor, sweeping it with a fine broom or using a hepa vac would work much better than wetting the floor. Also, the cleaning agents we are washing down our sinks are doing serious harm to our rivers, lakes and oceans and their populations.

5. Stains & Gouges – When trying to fix a stain, it is important to know if the TopShield coating or the Marmoleum below is what is stained. Sometimes a scrubby pad or very fine sandpaper can remove a stain, but the floor is going to need a top coat of finish when you are done. Gouges can be fixed with some fine colored scrapings mixed with carpenters glue and pressed into place. Again, some finish will have to be put on the floor after this type of repair.

6. Abrasive cleaning – Many hospitals and universities go completely overboard with those giant scrubbing machines with the large abrasive wheels on them. They effectively sand the finish off the floor along with the color of the Marmoleum and in turn they shorten the life of the floor and increase costs by having to reapply finish constantly. Which brings us to finishing.

7. Applying TopShield and Top Shield 2 is quite simple. After doing a thorough cleaning with some undiluted, full strength PH balanced Forbo cleaner you can rinse and dry the floor. Using a pad to take off scrapes and stains will leave a matte area on the floor where it has been used. Applying TopShield over that well prepared floor with a sponge mop or pusher bar will do a nice job of applying a satin finish to your floor and should last you many more years. Following the instructions on the containers is critical and downloading the directions for floor maintenance will help a lot.



Sweeping with a fine broom or using a swiffy pad or steam jet is fine. Its a little overkill though. Unless you have a special case, even kids with asthma and allergy need exposure to some irritants to provoke their immune system to work properly.

Fabulous Floors

Marmoleum is Fabulous Kitchen Flooring

Everyone agrees that true linoleum is healthier! Lots of folks still look at you with a puzzled look if you mention Marmoleum, the fabulous kitchen floor. Maybe that is because they don’t like four syllable words or maybe they can not pronounce it but they just don’t seem to understand what you are talking about even if you add that it is made by Forbo, that it is the only all natural linoleum flooring and that it is healthy to use in your home, especially for kids, pets and those who don’t need any more toxins in their crib.


Marmoleum Fabulous Kitchen Floor

The Fabulous Kitchen Flooring!

Some folks act like all natural flooring must be like sprouts and tofu and you will be teased by your friends if you order it, or it must cost more like organic vegetables. Lets put it this way, its not quiche and men can like marmoleum. In fact, lots of men see the colors and the textures of true linoleum and it strikes a chord with them because it is so flipping beautiful. Husbands and wives tend to agree that they will spend a little more for their flooring when they see this product. Its nice to live with, lasts a long time and is cheaper than buying two floors when you can buy one. That is not logic that most Americans can handle. The typical consumer settles for cheap and lives with it, not really liking what they bought until its time to buy again and then they buy cheap again. Its a vicious circle, that flooring price / value balance.

With two dozen different colors available in the Marmoleum Click, MCT and Dual Tile product line and hundreds of colors available in traditional glue down sheet, the color and texture options are endless and when combined with borders, inlays and contrasts like checkerboards the sky is the limit. Why else is Marmoleum considered a fabulous kitchen floor?

Chemically Sensitive Flooring

What Chemically Sensitive Flooring to Choose?

Chemically Sensitive Flooring is a hot subject today!
Not only are there a lot of children with asthma, allergies and chemical sensitivities today but a growing population of adults. Many young adults leave home for college and find what in their dorm room? CARPET!!! What could be worse for a healthy person or an asthmatic or allergic than cheap industrial carpeting. With the backing holding all kinds of glues that offgas to the positive charge in plastic fibers that attracts every contaminant on the planet, there is nothing good about carpet. Statistics of kids with these conditions can be alarming. In fact the EPA report on asthma is not kind at all to building products like paints, glues and carpeting and especially to plastics like vinyls.

Once considered something that children would outgrow in time, the incidence of chronic asthma, allergy and chemically sensitivity is now starting to impact young and old alike. It is alarming to see the rapid growth in these illnesses in adults in just the last few years according to the AAAAI statistics pages.

So what would be a good chemically sensitive flooring product for those with asthma, allergy and chemical sensitivity? Oddly enough it would not be anything you can buy in a home center and it would not be anything new or made of any type of petrochemical based plastic… that is for sure. Good old fashioned linoleum is the first and most reliable choice recommended by doctors who treat these illnesses. When it comes to linoleum today that brings you to Forbo, the only international company making old fashioned, original recipe, linseed oil based flooring. In fact they still make it the same way it was made in 1860. Rolled out like pie dough and pressed onto jute backing this colorful, natural plastic is all natural and spectacularly beautiful as well.

What is even more remarkable today is the fact that ForboForbo Environmental Product Declaration has combined their Marmoleum with the floating floor concept that has been around for many years. The benefit to that is simple. Easier installation that can be done by diy-ers and novices. The product requires a little basic carpentry cutting and fitting experience but simply snaps together without tools or tapping blocks and is really worth its weight in gold when it brings relief to a person with asthma, allergy or who is chemically sensitive. Simply gluing the flooring to the backing in the factory means that very little if any off-gassing is taking place in the factory. Marmoleum Click is the product that really has changed life for so many people today.

Do you need more information… take a look at the Forbo Environmental Product Declaration that discusses eco-toxicity and the impact on human health.