Imagine suddenly finding newspapers from 1921 under your old floor and being catapulted almost 100 years back into the past… Actually, if you bought an old house with a wooden floor, chances are that old newspapers are hidden somewhere under the floorboards.
The story of history discovered
There are several reasons why newspapers used to be placed under wooden floors. First, they absorbed damp, so people believed they would make their floorboards more durable. Nowadays it is no longer necessary to put newspapers under the floor. The right underlay will easily prevent any damp problems. In the olden days, however, newspapers were one of the tricks people resorted to.
Discover how to avoid damp problems here.