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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?

Marmoleum Basement Flooring, a good choice?

Is Linoleum by Marmoleum Basement Flooring a good choice?

Yes, original Forbo Linoleum is certainly a great choice for a basement floorMarmoleum basement flooring borderThe thing that people really like about marmoleum basement flooring, and especially the one and only original Marmoleum resilient flooring is the warmth. Don’t misunderstand that the floor is actually warmer than other floors at all. It just feels that way. It’s just the way our bodies react that putting your feet on ceramic tile or linoleum would have the linoleum feel warmer.


Pick the Colors of your Marmoleum Basement Flooring & Furnishings First! For basements, the flooring is the single most significant design element. Since the rooms are usually large and open and they have more floor space than any other room in the home that color can dominate a design. When you pick the wrong color for a basement floor it is usually tragic since it is such a big investment. For that reason, it is a great and wise choice to pick the floor and furnishings in tandem before settling on paint colors or accessories, since they can always be adjusted.

People are always worried about moisture and flooding in the basement and with good reason. While a premium floating floor can be an easy and reasonably priced option it is not cheap. Fortunately, when a proper moisture test is performed you can rest easy. Many installers still use the old fashioned and reasonably reliable calcium chloride method. A newer method uses a meter that is held against the floor with modest reliability. Lastly is the method of drilling holes and inserting electronic probes that register in percentages or temperature. Rapid RH is one of the better methods out there today.

Once you know whether there is significant moisture in a slab that may exceed recommendations for your particular product, you can pick a way to address it. In many cases simply rolling out a padding / vapor barrier may do the trick. Often times it is suggested to cut the piece larger than the room and allow it to run up the wall to be covered by the base trim. This is a good practice to do this. The other options may be to paint on a moisture limiting product which is like painting on a latex rubber coating. The last, most expensive and most chemically undesirable would be to trowel out an epoxy coating. This would typically be used when someone absolutely has to have resilient sheet or tile. Hazardous to breathe in and hard to work with, epoxy moisture mitigation coatings must be skim coated over with a cementious mix before installing the finished floor.

Once all the details are taken care of, Marmoleum basement flooring can be a great choice.