So it’s that scary time of the year when we realise we have only 2 weeks till we re-open, and there is still so much to do!
Last week the Ballroom through to the King’s Room were uncovered and reinstated. We also winter cleaned the Lead Stairs. This week we’ll tackle the floor waxing. Round one will be to apply a soft furniture wax to the floorboards by hand; round two after the first wax has dried is applying a liquid floor wax, luckily this time by using a broom. Once this second layer has dried we polish the floors with an electric floor polisher, named ‘the beast’!
We’ve also got to clean the Great Stairs, wash the Great Hall floor and clean the China Closet ready to reinstate all the ceramics. We packed them all away to keep them safe while work was carried out on the shelves.
The second half of the house (Ballroom to King’s Room) will be completed by the end of the week. That still leaves the first half, 9 rooms, to uncover and reinstate. We’ll only have 4 days to this in, as until the 6th March this part of the house still looks like a building site while the dust screens are installed before the building work begins.
Some of the jobs we would have completed before we open will have to be done in the first few weeks of the open season. This isn’t ideal but sometimes compromises have to be made, and there simply is not enough time to get some of the jobs done before 10th March. The Knole Conservation Team love a challenge!
Lisa, Melinda, Emily, Sarah and Lucy