We receive many calls not just in and around Amesbury but all over often asking asking about "the black stuff" generally found painted around the perimeters of rooms that have old floorboards. Border painting of floors was the norm back then but only in what we now call reception rooms and what the Victorians called palours; these were generally the only rooms fitted with a rug (other rooms were often bare boards or they might just have had a home-made clippy mat). Anyway, original Victorian paint was based on linseed oil and lead along with other sticky suff. The pictures you see below show how it can be removed by our restoration teams.
After all the sanding processes these planks were sealed using Bona Traffic HD.
It's not just old floorboards that need to be sanded and refreshed, this engineered oak floor was 12 years old and we were called in to give it a new lease of life.