|The carvings of the east side of the State Bed. You can see the tops of the carvings have the slight grey hue which is a result of the historic dust having adhered to the surface.|
It is for this reason that the gentle removal of dust is such an important step in caring for our collection. We need to limit the risk of dust having the opportunity to get comfortable on the collection! Every Thursday, when the House is closed except for our special Snapshot tours, we have a bit more time to conservation clean the collection and remove the pesky dust!
During our cleaning of Mrs Wyndham’s Bedroom last week, I took a dust sample from the State Bed. I cleaned the carvings on the top of the bed by using a very soft pony-hair brush to remove the surface dust, and had a thin layer of gauze over the end of my vacuum. This meant that the majority of the dust would be collected on the gauze, enabling me to transfer it over to a sticky pad and produce the dust sample.
|The dust sample was then transferred to a sticky pad.|
|The dust that was captured on the gauze - it was a good few millimetres thick!|
Due to the delicate nature of the bed in general and the carvings, the bed isn’t cleaned very often – once every two years at most – so this was the accumulated dust over quite a long period of time!