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disability–friendly floors – linoleum flooring

Linoleum Flooring

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Linoleum flooring is hypoallergenic and made almost entirely of natural materials. Since linoleum naturally deters dust mites and other allergens, this could mean less cleaning is required. If you're sensitive to allergy–causing agents, you may notice a significant difference in air quality when switching to linoleum from carpet or vinyl. (Some types of carpet and vinyl flooring can emit harmful levels of VOCs and other toxic chemicals).


  • Antistatic
  • Resilient surface bounces back or "gives" back upon impact
  • Most spills can easily be wiped up
  • Can help reduce sound transmission
  • Maintains a relatively warm surface
  • Antibacterial; discourages mold growth and other bacteria from accumulating
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Linoleum is durable and can resist most scratching and denting


  • Some finishes can make linoleum surfaces slippery
  • May need to be sealed periodically to keep floors looking new

Disability–Friendly Flooring Tips – Linoleum Flooring

  • Use mild detergent to clean up spills and dirt.
    Note: Harsh solvents could ruin flooring
  • Use an underlayment or moisture barrier such as cork or foam rubber to protect the subfloor
  • Place non–slip mats or rugs in wet areas to help prevent slipping