Monday, 21 August 2017

Mountstewart-volunteering and visiting

If I am not volunteering I am visiting so I get to spend a lot of time on the property. It's not just Smudge who loves it but the dogs I mind also enjoy it.

Although I started initially as part of the conservation team monitoring and managing the central hall floor my role has expanded and it's great to support the house team in any way I can. Every day I am even more amazed at the work they manage and the enthusiasm they have. It's great to be able to support them in any way as the list is unending for the tasks that need done to keep Mountstewart ship shape.

A little dusting here and there as required of course because too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. In my regular jib over medication can be fatal so over cleaning can be destructive to old fragile furnishings.

Did you know there is a National Trust way to use a duster to help ensure you don't knock any objects over.

Cotton buds can be handy for those teeny weeny spaces such as the stair railings.

The next time you visit a property take a closer look at the things you would normally pass by and consider how these are all maintained.

Think of how many windows need cleaned inside and out. I have started on the interior windows and frames that seem to be the home of many bugs well at least til I found them. Spot the before and after window. Windows are cleaned with as little detergent as possible due to the uv filters in place to protect the house contents.

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