This week we have our annual working holiday. They get to do a variety of things across the property including working in the garden and estate and the house.
We’re having them in the house both today and tomorrow. We’ve got them doing a variety of jobs…
We use a polish called Autosol to clean our metalwork. It’s an abrasive, but quite a gentle one – it’s originally for chrome on cars or motorbikes. All metal cleaning takes away a layer of the surface, so we try not to do it that often.
If the object is a bit more robust or rusty – for example if it is iron – we can use wire wool on it to get rid of the lose rust.
Once the object has been polished we got our willing volunteers to put a coat of Renaissance wax, a microcrystalline wax, which protects the object from the open air and prevents it from tarnishing again so quickly. This was then buffed up to a lovely bright shine!
Waxing and polishing
Our floors at Standen are doing an awful lot of work for us this year with us being on track for well over 100,000 visitors. Think of all those feet!
We got our willing working holiday volunteers to put a layer of floor wax on by hand. Our conservation team will buff them up to a nice shine tomorrow morning after the wax has had a bit of time to settle into the floors.
Apart from the floors, some of our furniture needed a bit of TLC.
Painting the water tower
At the beginning of this year we opened up the water tower as part of our behind the scenes tours. Last year’s working holiday had given the belvedere room right at the top a nice lick of paint, but it needed a bit more.
Our lucky working holiday volunteers were able to paint the room for us, and enjoyed the fabulous views from the top of the water tower as well.
And for a change…
After lunch, here they all are outside working in the garden!