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People usually clad their bathrooms with tile. It is a good material, but it has its disadvantages – for example, seams between each tile quickly get dirty. The tile itself is very cold and slippery. Some people are ready to accept these disadvantages, while the others are actively looking for an alternative. The alternative is to use another flooring, including linoleum, however questionable it might seem. Some people like the idea, while the others think that linoleum should under no conditions be used in a bathroom. Let’s find out whether the linoleum is a suitable option for your bathroom! We’ll take a look at both the advantages and disadvantages of this type of flooring and decide whether we should use it and what type of linoleum will do the trick.
Linoleum in Bathroom: Advantages and Disadvantages
Let’s start with reviewing the disadvantages of using linoleum in bathroom. Why start with disadvantages? Well, every opponent of the idea lists these drawbacks should you even mention that it is your intent to use linoleum in bathroom. But if we deal with them globally, you’ll see that there are just a few disadvantages, and all of them can be easily countered.
The main claim that the opponents use is that linoleum is extremely vulnerable to moisture. It will quickly accumulate moisture beneath it, creating perfect conditions for mold and other fungi to grow. Those who claim it either don’t know how to lay this type of flooring correctly or don’t like linoleum at all. Well, then how should we lay linoleum in bathrooms, you might ask? The process is indistinguishable from any other linoleum laying, but there are three additional conditions: firstly, ensure that the surface is completely flat, secondly, it is necessary to glue the linoleum to the surface, and thirdly, seal its adherence to the walls. As an option, you may seal the baseboard if you plan to install it (or just purchase a baseboard with rubberized edges). This easy and affordable solution would prevent the moisture from accumulating under your flooring.
The second claim is the low wear and abrasion proofing of bathroom linoleum. But how about using high-quality commercial linoleum? It is usually laid in public buildings with high attendance and serves there for decades. Imagine how long it would last in your bathroom.
And the third claim: linoleum is inherently worse than tile or any other flooring. Unless any evidence backs this claim, it is of no value to you. By the way, any evidence suggests otherwise. Those who say that linoleum is worse compared to other floorings just don’t know its properties and varieties.
We think that’s enough for you to understand that linoleum can be laid in bathrooms. Just make sure to bear in mind the three principles we mentioned above. In addition, even the wooden floor is suitable for linoleum if you adhere to some additional rules. We’ll tell about it a little bit later.
Now let’s talk about the advantages. They are quite obvious: linoleum is resistant to moisture, seamless and attractive. No need in talking about them in detail – you just have to know that there are no counterindications to using linoleum in bathroom.
What Type of Linoleum Should You Pick
Basically, choosing linoleum for the bathroom is not a difficult task. The rules are pretty much the same. You just have to know that there are two types of linoleum suited for this room.
Floor moisture-proof linoleum for bathroom. Pay attention to the class of linoleum you’re going to buy. Commercial linoleum is your best bet unless you want to witness a large blurred spot right in the center of your flooring. Commercial linoleum will last for decades without losing its décor value. Another important tip is to make sure the linoleum doesn’t have a heating layer. It is usually made of foamed PVC that acts like a sponge, absorbing any moisture nearby. All other aspects are irrelevant, and the choice is yours. Choose from a variety of pictures and colors. One more nuance – there is a special kind of linoleum called “vinyl tile” or “vinyl laminate”. It is made on self-adhesive tape, which makes it very easy to lay. It is a great alternative to the classic linoleum. Moreover, it can be laid on the floor as well.
Wall linoleum for the bathroom. You may call it an innovation of some sort. It appeared not so long ago. Wall linoleum is a modification of some sort of vinyl laminate that is made in tiles of different size. The only technical difference here is the abrasion proofing. There is no load on walls, so the wall linoleum is made thinner, and it is less proof to wear.
As you can see, everything is very simple, and choosing linoleum for your bathroom will not be a difficult task. Make sure you’re doing the right choice by taking a look at the documents for the linoleum you chose. Feel free to ask the shop assistant for help if you’re in any doubts.
How to Lay Linoleum in Bathroom: Tips and Tricks
Let’s begin with a simple rule. Don’t lay linoleum on any other type of flooring – it might seem as an easy way, but making any shortcuts must not be an option at all. If you will lay linoleum on tiles, you will face mold and excessive moisture in no time. This is because of the seams – moisture will easily get under the linoleum through them. Want to have quality flooring without any side effects? Tear the tiles away and level out the surface with leveling mass, then let the floor dry up. Now you’re ready to lay linoleum. And we’re here to walk you through the process.
Cutting. You have two options here – either make all measurements and cut the linoleum in large comfortable building or roll the linoleum sheet in the bathroom and cut it in place. Regardless of what option you’ll choose, make sure to leave minimal seams between the walls and the linoleum.
Letting the linoleum “lay”. Let the linoleum lay on the floor for a day or two. It will lay out and take the shape of the floor surface. You might have to make additional cuts afterwards. Fit the sheet and make sure it’s not farther than 5 mm away from the walls.
Gluing. Take up one-half of the sheet, smear the floor with glue and get the linoleum down. Remove any air bubbles with hard rubber roller. Then do the same with the other half. After you’re done, let the linoleum dry up. It will take a day, possibly two.
Finishing up. The last task you’ll need to do is to seal the gap between the linoleum sheet and the wall. Do not use silicon, as mold or other fungi will quickly populate it. Better use the same glue you used for linoleum. Cover the surface perimeter with the painter’s tape to avoid any accidental smudges, then fill the gaps with glue with the rubber spatula.
Well, that’s all. You’ve successfully laid linoleum in your bathroom. As you can see, there’s nothing hard in it. Just be sure to follow our guide and you’ll have a high-quality flooring in your bathroom – without any side effects or unforeseen consequences.