See also Oilcloth.

Composition for Linoleum, Oilcloth, etc

This is composed of whiting, dried linseed oil, and any ordinary dryer, such as litharge, to which ingredients a proportion of gum tragacanth is to be added, replacing a part of the oil and serving to impart flexibility to the fabric, and to the composition in a pasty mass the property of drying more rapidly. In the production of linoleum, the whiting is replaced in whole or in part by pulverized cork. The proportions are approximately the following by weight: Whiting or powdered cork, 13 parts; gum tragacanth, 5 parts; dried linseed oil, 5.5 parts; siccative, 0.5 part.

Dressings for Linoleum

A weak solution of beeswax in spirits of turpentine has been recommended for brightening the appearance of linoleum. Here are some other formulas:

I

Palm oil........... 1 ounce

Paraffine,.......... 18 ounces

Kerosene.......... 4 ounces

Melt the paraffine and oil, remove from the fire and incorporate the kerosene.

II

Yellow wax........ 5 ounces

Oil turpentine...... 11 ounces

Amber varnish..... 5 ounces

Melt the wax, add the oil, and then the varnish. Apply with a rag.

Treatment of Newly Laid Linoleum

The proper way to cleanse a linoleum flooring is first to sweep off the dust and then wipe up with a damp cloth. Several times a year the surface should be well rubbed with floor wax. Care must be had that the mass is well pulverized and free from grit. Granite linoleum and figured coverings are cleansed without the application of water. A floor covering which has been treated from the beginning with floor wax need only be wiped off daily with a dry cloth, either woolen or felt, and afterwards rubbed well with a cloth filled with the mass. It will improve its appearance, too, if it be washed several times a year with warm water and a neutral soap.

LINOLEUM, CLEANING AND POLISHING: See Household Formulas.

LINOLEUM ON IRON STAIRS OR CEMENT FLOORS, TO GLUE

See Adhesives, under Glues.