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Marmoleum in Education


Marmoleum caring for your education

From a child's first footsteps in pre-school right through to their primary and secondary school education all the way to tertiary education, a Marmoleum floor covering will follow them. Whether in the classroom, auditorium, gymnasium, or library, Marmoleum provides a solid, durable and hygienic floor covering as the basis for their education.

Educational establishments demand attractive, hardwearing, low maintenance, safe and sustainable flooring solutions. Durability and hygiene are important in areas used by children and young adults.

More than phthalate free, no phthalates ever. Marmoleum does not contain PVC, Phthalates, or Styrene providing a safe and low emitting floor. Marmoleum can help with Greenstar LEED, Well, and ILF Living Building Challenge credits.

Our most sustainable flooring solution, Marmoleum offers a wealth of color options, scuff and scratch resistance, coupled with the possibility to repair damaged surfaces.

✔ Natural raw materials
✔ Phthalate free
✔ PVC free
✔ Allergy approved
✔ Low emission
✔ Acoustic
✔ CO2 neutral (from cradle to gate - without offsetting)


“Providing a healthy and safe learning environment for children”

Raw materials & Sustainability

Marmoleum is a floorcovering that works with nature. It is biobased and produced from natural raw materials, many of which, are renewable and grow. The homogenous linoleum can be also be produced indefinitely.

The craft of manufacturing linoleum has evolved over the last 150 years, which, you cannot learn at any trade or craft school. In fact, only a handful of people know how to make Marmoleum.

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raw materials

Marmoleum collections

A natural winner! Our linoleum floor coverings with the Marmoleum brand are natural floors associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and innovative design. Discover the natural beauty of Marmoleum flooring with over 300 colours & designs, ranging from marbled to linear and concrete, available in sheet, tiles & planks.

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Marmoleum products

CO2 Neutral (without offsetting)

Improve the world, start with the floor. The weighted average of our Marmoleum product range is CO2 neutral (cradle to gate) without offsetting, which does not affect the worldwide climate change. It combines ecological values with contemporary design and offers an important contribution to a sustainable world.

Every square meter of Marmoleum we produce actually relieves the environment of 40 grams of carbon dioxide.

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CO2 neutral

Installation & Floor Care

Forbo installation and floor care support is offered through our before and after technical support program called CONNECT. Clear descriptions and manuals are available for our Marmoleum Floorings. Following the guidelines will assure lifetime performance of the floor and offer you lasting appearance retention.

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Cleaning marmoleum

Design & Inspiration

We offer Marmoleum in many different designs, colours, structures and it is easily combinable with other Forbo floors. Start your journey of inspiration by looking at our latest references or play with designing floors on our floorplanner.

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In line with our sustainability strategy, we use various transparent certification systems from independent third parties worldwide to have our floor coverings regularly checked and evaluated. Marmoleum has multiple characteristics that contribute to a healthy indoor environment. Through our flooring solutions, it is our ambition to make a positive contribution to your health and well-being.

Marmoleum contributes to a healthy indoor environment
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Healthy indoor environment

Healthy indoor environment

Children spend most of their time indoors, at home and in school. Children spend approximately 35-40 hours per week, for 9 month out of the year in a school building. The measured indoor air quality parameters indicate that children in elementary schools are subjected to large concentrations of CO2 and exposed to increased levels of particulate VOC’s and biological contaminants.

Asthma and allergic diseases are the most prevalent chronic diseases among children and have increased quite rapidly in the last decades. The findings cannot be explained by genetic changes and are more likely to be due to changes in environmental exposure and/or in lifestyle.

In safe indoor environments floors are non-toxic, low emitting and compliant to all international standards. On top of this, a safe floor is designed to prevent accidents. Forbo’s Marmoleum sheet and tile floor coverings and 100% solvent free adhesive products are the ideal products for school applications and allow building occupants to enjoy healthier, safer, and longer-lasting flooring solutions.

"Clean and healthy classrooms are crucial in education"

Clean flooring

Marmoleum's ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria stems from the natural raw materials that are integral to its production, specifically linseed oil. An inherent property of the product, the anti-bacterial qualities of Marmoleum won't diminish over time, giving peace of mind and constant protection from the moment it is installed.

With the correct cleaning regime, our Marmoleum floor coverings will not harbour allergens or house dust mites.

Marmoleum easy to clean

Allergy approved flooring

Our Marmoleum floor coverings have been awarded the prestigious “Seal of Approval” from Allergy UK, as, with the correct cleaning regime, they will not harbor allergens or house dust mites.

A recent report by Allergy UK estimates that there are at least 12 million people “allergic to their own home” with 58% citing house dust mites as a key trigger. Therefore the importance of floor coverings in creating better indoor environments should not be overlooked.

It’s also an issue that shouldn’t be ignored by educational, healthcare, office establishments or social care in fact any place where people are likely to spend a prolonged period.

Allergy approved

Naturally prevent the growth of bacteria

While the larger problems of bacterial infestation and indoor environment health may not lend themselves to quick, easy solutions some steps can create an immediate improvement. A good first move is to replace products that add to the problem with ones that reduce the risk naturally.

Marmoleum is made of natural ingredients that resist microbial growth by their very nature. Thanks to the natural raw materials that go into the production, specifically flax seed oil Marmoleum gets its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria stems. An inherent property of the product, the anti-bacterial qualities of Marmoleum won't diminish over time, giving peace of mind and constant protection from the moment it is installed.

Independent tests prove that MRSA, Staphylococcus aureus, c-Diff and other HAI infections do not multiply on Marmoleum.

Raw Materials

Phthalate free

Phthalates are a family of chemical compounds primarily used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or vinyl flexible and pliant. The phthalates widely selected to soften vinyl are used because of their strong performance, durability and stability. Because they are used to soften vinyl and make it flexible, in these applications they are called “plasticizers.”

Exposure to some kind of phthalates has been linked to the rise in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Created from natural, renewable materials, Marmoleum flooring is the most sustainable resilient flooring available. It contains no phthalates, no plasticisers and no mineral oil.



Lasting performance

At the same time Topshield pro has unique characteristics that allows the surface to be repaired or refreshed after years of use or accidents, creating a floor with lasting performance over time.

Topshield pro has been designed to create a ‘ready to use’ Marmoleum that requires no initial maintenance or polymer application and is even more resistant to dirt pick-up, less prone to wear and has improved resistance to scratches and stains.

Topshield pro graph

Topshield pro

Topshield pro is Forbo Flooring's high performance UV-finish which is applied to all Marmoleum floor coverings. Topshield pro prevents staining, scuffing and scratching for lasting appearance retention and provides for easy cleaning and maintenance at lower intervals. Our Topshield pro floor finish takes the performance of our Marmoleum floors to a new dimension.

• No initial maintenance or polymer
• Less soiling and dirt pick-up
• Prevent the growth of bacteria
• Resistant against disinfectants
• Overall improved stain resistance
• Efficient & easy dry cleaning
• Simple maintenance
• Less scratches and dirt traps
• Surface can be repaired
• Surface can be refreshed

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Acoustic Marmoleum

Acoustic Linoleum

The best way to reduce sound is at the source. Acoustic floors have an important contribution in reducing noise in buildings. Our acoustic linoleum floors create a healthy environment by combining sustainability with excellent sound reduction properties.

For schools, proper acoustic performance creates a quiet atmosphere (even if children are running in the corridors) to help children learn.

Acoustic - Turn down the volume

"Poor acoustics equals 24 absenteeism days per year."

How does it work?

The best way to reduce sound is at the source. That’s why acoustic floors are key when it comes to reducing noise in buildings.

Sound is generated by almost all everyday activities. Impact sound is generated by traffic contacting the floor surface. The floor is therefore also the main area where acoustic performance can be influenced.

Impact sound made on the floor in 1 room is transmitted through the floor into rooms below. To measure the impact sound reduction achieved by a floor covering, impact noise is generated with a hammer machine directly onto a concrete floor slab in an emission room and the sound level (S1) is recorded in the reception room below.

The floor covering is then laid onto the concrete slab, and the same impact noise is made on the floor covering, and the new sound level (S2) is recorded. The impact sound reduction (EN ISO 717-2) is the difference, measured in decibels, between the 2 sound levels recorded.

The impact sound reduction of Forbo's acoustic project vinyl and linoleum floors varies from 14 to 19 dB. Decibel has been tested in Australia and complies with LnTw requirements between floors.

Sarlon acoustic flooring

Acoustic Linoleum

Our acoustic linoleum floors create a healthy environment by combining sustainability with excellent sound reduction properties. We offer 2 acoustic linoleum solutions:

Marmoleum Decibel
Marmoleum Decibel provides an impact sound reduction of 18dB. It is 2.5 mm Marmoleum laminated onto a 1 mm layer of polyolefin foam. Marmoleum Decibel is available in 27 colors from the Marmoleum Marbled and Marmoleum Solid collection.
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Corkment Underlay
A Corkment underlay can be used in combination with regular Marmoleum to achieve an impact sound reduction of at least 14dB (according ISO 717-2). Read more about Corkment


Make it personal!

Thanks to the exceptional state-of-the-art digital technology, Forbo can offer the option to create your own floor coverings, suitable for educational environments. There are virtually no limits to what can be achieved in terms of aesthetic design, color and intricate detailing.

Our Waterjet cutting technique offers sophisticated designs, perfect to create your own designs on your floor: a logo, text, or a piece of art the possibilities are endless. Choose tailor made laser engraving, with which your own design can be lasered on Marmoleum.

Marmoleum, Waterjet

Waterjet cutting technique

With our Waterjet cutting technique we can create the most refined and detailed floor designs. The very precise water cutting technology offers a sophisticated detailing in the designs. Perfect to create your own design on your floor for example a logo, a piece of art, or even a portrait.

Aquajet Marmoleum

Beautiful as well as functional

Decorative flooring can be beautiful and functional at the same time. Think about wayfinding on the floor in a large with hallways or zoning to identify different areas of a multimodal classroom.

Routing Marmoluem

Let the floor stand out

Waterjet is an accessible and effective way to create an authentic look. It is perfect to show your visitors your logo or create colorful floors with decorative element for areas where children are present.

Marmoleum offers more than 300 colors to choose from, from colorful marbles to subtle concretes. Explore your endless design possibilities!

Let the floor stand out