Depending on the décor as well as the collection within a room, a good way to work is to start at the windows/sills, and to work round the edges, towards the middle of the room. This isn’t the only way but it’s how we roll…The most obvious areas that dust will collect will be angled and flat sections. The more problematic areas dust gets to are corners and in carved bits of furniture. That’s when the soft brush comes out to play. You can use the flexibility of the brush to follow the contours of the object to flick off the dust on to a duster or into a vacuum cleaner. A good tip is to have plenty of light and look at your object from slightly different angles so you can see the dust in the right light. Another tip if you don’t have good light in a room, or can’t have because of the sensitivity of the objects in the room, is to use what is called in the trade, ‘raking light’. This is basically a source of light hitting the surface at an angle, so you can then change the angle you view it until you see the dust layer. Sounds way more complicated than it actually is…

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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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