Winter is quickly approaching. With the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, we feel like we should be going into hibernation with the rest of the wildlife at Charlecote. But there’s no rest for us house elves as we begin our winter ‘deep clean’ of the house!
A ‘deep clean’ basically allows us to go through each room in the house and clean every inch of it, from the ceiling to the floor and everything else in between. We make sure that each individual object is cared for, and then covered over with a dust sheet or tissue paper ‘hat’ – it feels a bit like we’re tucking them into bed!
So as you can imagine there’s A LOT to do before the house fully reopens again and not a lot of time to do it in, so we decided to get ourselves ahead of schedule by starting a bit earlier. In the past month the house elves have been busy ‘deep cleaning’ upstairs and have finished the Orange Bedroom, the Ebony Dressing Room, and the Ebony Bedroom (nearly!).
We’ve been up ladders dusting paintings:
We’ve been carefully removing dust from bedspreads:
As you can probably tell, we’ve been removing large amounts of dust from the collection. Although the majority of objects do get cleaned regularly throughout the year, there are some that are either too high for us to reach without erecting scaffolding, or too delicate to be cleaned even once a year. With around 150,000 visitors so far this season, you can definitely tell what needs to be cleaned and the winter gives us a great chance to tackle those dust coated objects – and sneeze a lot!
We’ve got a huge and exciting to-do list for the next few months, including preparations for Charlecote’s Victorian Christmas and the arrival of Father Christmas, so we’ll keep you updated!