Spring cleaning at Warwick Castle - The Leamington Observer

Spring cleaning at Warwick Castle

Ian Hughes 1st Mar, 2020   0

SPRING cleaning is not a chore many enjoy.

Spare a thought then for the team at Warwick Castle who have more than 6,500m2 across 25 rooms to clean throughout the 1,100 year-old national treasure, from State Rooms and Tower Suites to the Great Hall.

The deep clean is expected to take the conservation team 240 hours over six to eight weeks, meticulously moving through each room of the main castle.

On average, each room takes the team two days to complete, and involves a careful process of vacuuming tapestries and furniture, wiping down and waxing woodwork, and gentle handling of the displays of medieval weaponry and history of the castle.

Val Goldman, castle conservation supervisor, said: “While the castle is cleaned on a regular basis, every year we give the entire Castle a deep spring clean and spend time going over every corner, cubby hole and crossbow. It is a huge undertaking but helps keep the intricate tapestries, woodwork and of course splendid suits of armour looking their best for everyone to enjoy.

“With so many people moving through it every day and so many little nooks and crannies for dirt and dust to settle in, it is quite the undertaking but we’re slowly getting there.”


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