I know, I know! Needlework! But I can't imagine where to find an answer
to my question and various net searches have turned up nothing!
DH and I *foolishly* pulled up the horrible old virulently stinky carpet
from our bedroom floor. The bit where we peeked to inspect the floor
happened to be situated over a nice patch and you can imagine our horror
when we ripped up the whole carpet (thus destroying it, but that's no
loss) to expose a black japanned floor!
It's awful! It's black and *** and it smells and feels like paraffin
wax under your feet! The only good bit is that the wax or whatever it
was that made the finish has sealed the cracks between the floorboards
and thankfully prevented the breeze from blowing through...
My question is: can anyone point me toward a resource that will tell me
how to maintain or remove this black japanned finish? (Our
across-the-road neighbour, Lorraine, is an obligate restorer and is
doing a perfectly gorgeous job on her Victorian stone house. She
recognised our floors as 'black japan', but has no idea what we should
Hoping *some*one out there can advise me...?
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
PS Black japan was a floor finish popular about 100 years ago when our
house was built.