Cleaning A Castle – The Arundel Edition

For Halloween, we debuted a piece that our audience absolutely loved: Cleaning Dracula’s Castle. The interest in this subject increased considerably, so we thought it was only natural to continue bringing you castle cleaning stories from around the world. This time, we’re looking at a local one: The Arundel Castle in West Sussex.

So far, we’re just operating at a domestic level, cleaning homes around the country. However, we are taking notes from our friends at the Arundel Castle, just in case we get a royal booking in the future.

Setting For Famous Films

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Besides being an important historical landmark, the Arundel Castle was used to film the utterly popular British Series: Doctor Who, as well as the Award Winning film King George’s Madness as well as the well-received film Young Victoria.

The landmark is unbelievably breathtaking and one should expect a journey through history when visiting the Arundel Castle. Simply put, the perfect setting for period productions. 

Castle Clean

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The Arundel Castle is closed for a winter deep-clean from November to April and cannot be visited during this season. That’s when Castle staff meet with curators and administrators and work on the cleaning strategy for the old castle. We reached out to Castle administrators for further information on how a castle clean is done and here’s what we found!

The expert staff at Arundel Castle, West Sussex are hard at work preparing the stunning building, grounds and gardens for re-opening on 01 April 2017.

Arundel Castle’s staff use the closed season to clean, polish, repair and fine-tune each artefact and room of the Castle. This includes:

  • Hand polishing 27 gunmetal radiators
  • Shining 300 square metres of exquisite oak panelling, using 50 tins of beeswax
  • Individually brushing down each of the 10,000 books in the library
  • Winding 27 clocks to ensure correct timekeeping

In the Castle grounds and gardens a team of highly-skilled gardeners are working tirelessly to guarantee breathtakingly colourful displays in time for opening. In total, more than 70,000 bulbs will be planted – a record for Arundel Castle.

Castle Manager Bryan McDonald commented: “Our excellent staff all work exceptionally hard at this time of the year, making sure that every nook and cranny of the Castle is cleaned and in tip-top condition.

“Arundel Castle, its grounds and gardens are all incredibly beautiful – it is essential that we do them justice by presenting them to our visitors in the finest possible condition when we re-open in April.”

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In 2015, a team of specialist textile conservationists were commissioned to clean and restore the 6.6m x 4.2m Gobelin tapestry, dating back to 1754, which hangs in the vast Baron’s Hall. Seizing the opportunity of having scaffolding erected on the Hall’s upper level, Castle staff were able to clean the heraldic stained glass windows of the north gable – last possible in the 1960s!

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The Arundel Castle was built at the end of the 11th Century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. The Castle is situated in West Sussex on the super grounds that overlook the River Arun. Visitors wouldn’t expect to find such an imposing structure in the middle of a quiet quintessentially British town of Arundel.

The Castle is the home of the Duke of Norfolk’s family. The Duke of Norfolk is the Premier Duke, the title having been conferred on Sir John Howard in 1483 by his friend King Richard III.

Visitors can also observe a vast collection of beautiful furniture dating from the 16th century, tapestries, clocks, and paintings by artists like Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Mytens, Lawrence among others. The Castle also displays items belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots and a selection of historical, religious and heraldic possessions from the Duke of Norfolk’s collection.

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Cleaning a huge construction like the Arundel Castle is a massive team effort. It takes time, precision, attention and expertise. Judging by the impeccable state of the castle (which is nearly one thousand years old!) one can confirm the professionalism of the castle’s staff.

On the 1st of April, the Castle will open its gates once again: time to book those tickets!

Compared to this huge castle our homes seem miniatures constructions. Why is it so difficult to maintain their cleanliness day in and day out? Here at Helpling, we’re intrigued by castle cleaning, but remain firm on performing a stellar job by providing local, trusted cleaners for your home.