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While the wind and rain have been causing havoc outside, behind the closed doors of Attingham Park mansion there is a more peaceful atmosphere.  Every year sees the winter clean take place, and once the doors have shut to the public, the house and its contents are cleaned from top to bottom. This week the house team started work in the Drawing Room.

Holly using a specialist museum vacuum on a stool in the Drawing Room

After lots of dusting, polishing and vacuuming, we covered the furniture with acid-free tissue paper and dustsheets. The dustsheets have a lovely story behind them. Lady Berwick made them out of a blue and white checked fabric, especially for the furniture in the Drawing Room. Looking at the finished room, the furniture really looks like it has been dressed in pyjamas and put to sleep!

Covered furniture in the Drawing Room

High level cleaning of mirrors and pictures is also an important part of the deep clean, although reaching them can be rather tricky. We have to put up scaffolding and it is handy to have someone with a good head for heights!

Sally on the scaffolding