When people hear the term "resilient flooring", they often think of linoleum or vinyl. But this is not surprising since they have been around for quite a while. Linoleum was first produced in the United States in 1872 and vinyl was introduced in 1933. Because of their durability and ease of maintenance, they have long been the standard floor covering for kitchens, bathrooms and many other areas of the home. Their cost effectiveness has also made them the ideal flooring for retail, healthcare, and educational environments. In fact, the only floor covering that sells more than resilient flooring is carpet.