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Subject: Historic floor coverings

Historic floor coverings

From: Helena Jaeschke <helena.jaeschke>
Date: Monday, April 24, 2006
Chris Wenzel asked about possible coverings to protect a beautiful
and historic parquet floor. The National Trust at Tyntesfiedl have
come up with a solution to protect a similarly beautiful and
historic decorative tiled floor--a synthetic floor covering (like a
vinyl or linoleum sheet) which is decorated with a photographic
reproduction of the floor. From a short distance it is
indistinguishable from the original and most people do not even
notice the slightly different feel underfoot. It gives the visual
effect of walking on the original floor, does not cause much
physical disruption (it is quite thin) and protects the original
surface from abrasion and dirt.

I would suggest asking the National Trust about the supplier and
method of developing the floor, as well as any interleaving material
laid on the original surface.

Helena Jaeschke
Conservation Development Officer
+44 1392 665951
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Queen Street
Exeter EX4 3RX

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Received on Monday, 24 April, 2006

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