Marmoleum has no adverse health issues whatsoever, either during
production, its useful life, or disposal. Quite the opposite is
true. Read below to find out the health benefits of Marmoleum.
Marmoleum is the "natural" choice when health concerns are involved.
For this reason it is broadly applied in many hospitals, as well as
being recommended by medical professionals to people with respiratory
Bactericidal Properties - Micro-organisms
The bactericidal properties of linoleum prevent micro-organisms
including Salmonella Typhimurium and Staphylococcus Aureus from
multyplying themselves. The bactericidal properties of Marmoleum have
been independently tested by both the TNO (Netherlands Organization for
Applied Scientific Research) and NAMSA (U.S.), both respected
Further testing carried out recently by TNO (August 1998)
that Marmoleum has the same bactericidal properties against MRSA
(Methiciline Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). MRSA is antibiotic
resistant and infections caused by this notorious hospital bacterium
are very difficult to treat.
Prevention of Household Mites
The number of people suffering from allergic reactions due to the
presence of household dust mites is continually increasing. The
presence of these mites is one of the major causes of allergy, asthma,
and other respiratory disorders. The best solution is to avoid dust.
Non-textile floor coverings help to reduce the accumulation of dust and
Keeping the floor free of dust is essential because it is the place
where dust tends to accumulate most. Wageningen Agricultural University
(the Netherlands) has conducted a study into the mite Darmatophagoides
pteronyssimus. The study included testing in both private residences
(living rooms and bedrooms) and schools (classrooms), and showed that
smooth floor coverings have the lowest concentrations of dust. This is
the primary reason the medical profession often recommends smooth floor
coverings, such as Marmoleum, which can be kept dust-free more quickly
and easily, preventing household mites from multiplying.
The Netherlands Asthma Foundation also recommends smooth floor
coverings, such as linoleum and vinyl, because they make for simple,
Static electricity causes electric charge to accumulate on people or
objects. When discharged, this may give the well-known but unpleasant
"electric shock". Static electricity is also, however, a very strong
magnet to attract and accumulate dust. Unlike most other floor
coverings, Marmoleum possess naturally occurring anti-static
properties. Not only does this reduce the potential for electric shock,
but it also makes the floor easier to clean since dust and dirt will
not easily adhere to the floor.
Studies conducted by VIBA (the Netherlands Association for
Biological Architecture) and the American Research Institute Stephen
Halpern further underscore the anti-static properties of linoleum.