Conservation cleaning

Interior of Rainham Hall, London

In January and February each year we carry out important conservation work, to ensure the Hall is preserved for future generations.

Unlike many historic houses, Rainham Hall, does not have a large collection of items. However, we retain much of the original eighteenth century fabric of the building including floorboards in the Hall, Stables and Coach House. In Janaury and February we spend the month cleaning and waxing them to ensure they are in best shape for the year ahead. So what is the process of cleaning our floorboards?

First we vacuum the floors, we then mop and leave it to dry. Once it is dry we work in the first coat of wax into each board by hand and this is then left overnight. The next day, once dry, we will buff the floor and then apply a second layer of wax onto the boards, this is then left to dry and finally we buff the waxed boards again. Waxing the floors protects them from footfall and any accidental spills.

A volunteer conserving the floorboards at Rainham Hall
A volunteer conserving the floorboards at Rainham Hall
A volunteer conserving the floorboards at Rainham Hall
The beginning of the year is also the time when we do a deeper clean of the Hall, dusting in the hard to reach places and ensuring all remnants of our Christmas decorations are removed. Caring for the Hall is an ongoing job, so each week we'll dust surfaces, vaccum floors and dust the staircase bannister.