To Dyrham! and don’t spare the horses! It was an emotional return to the house, (ranging from ‘Oh.. you’re back’ to ‘Oh… I didn’t realise you’d been away…)  There was time for a bit of cleaning and spot of active conservation. The ‘Great Hall’ floor had taken a pounding recently and was in need of a good wax. (many many feet, umberella drips, wheel marks and baby vomit all contribute to a lacklustre appearance for a 300 year old) This started as a shortstraw moment but was actually quite theraputic. (Wax on, wax off….)
The special formula of the wax feeds and protects the wood of the floor but does have a right and wrong way of being applied.The deal is to take sections, not too big, not too small, and work the wax in with a a circular motion, and let it dry. Luckily for a novice I didn’t have to do the whole floor, just a small section, so it was soon time to buff it up to a showroom shine. Job well done.

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Welcome to my blog! I've been keeping it to document my training as a Conservation Assistant for the National Trust at Dyrham Park. View all posts by arlingtoncourtblog

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