Today more than half of the world’s population, over 54%, is living in urbanised areas. On average we are spending around 80%-90% of our time indoors and this will only increase. No wonder that the focus on quality of the indoor environment, and the attention given to green architecture and healthy buildings, is becoming more prominent. As our floors are part of the indoor environment in which people live, meet and work, it is our mission to design and offer products that contribute in a positive way to the health and comfort of the individual.
Benefits of Marmoleum:
✔ Prevent the growth of bacteria
✔ Allergy UK approved
✔ Phthalate free
✔ Low emission
✔ Acoustic options
Thanks to it's natural raw materials, Marmoleum is naturally bacteriostatic and independently proven to inhibit the growth and spread of infections such as MRSA, Norovirus, Acinetobacter baumannii and C Difficile helping to contribute to a healthier and more hygienic environment.
An inherent property of the product, the bacteriostatic qualities of Marmoleum won't diminish over time, giving peace of mind and constant protection from the moment it is installed.
Our Marmoleum floor coverings have been awarded the prestigious “Seal of Approval” from Allergy UK as, with the correct cleaning regime, they will not harbour allergens or house dust mites.
A 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 in social care, in fact any place where people are likely to spend a prolonged period.
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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 “plasticisers.”
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.
Marmoleum contains no phthalates, no plasticisers and no mineral oil.
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 activity. Impact sound is generated by traffic contacting the floor surface. The floor is therefore also the main area where acoustic performance can be influenced.
Our acoustic linoleum floors create a healthy environment by combining sustainability with excellent sound reduction properties. The impact sound reduction of Forbo's acoustic Marmoleum floors varies from 14 to 18dB.