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White Bread to Clean Wallapers, Milk for Stone Floors: English Heritage's Spring Clean Hacks

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Milk was experimented to clean non-porous stone floor and approved by conservation teams during the coronavirus lockdown on the floors of Brodsworth Hall.

The Internet often shows videos of cleaning hacks, like tomato sauce to clean tarnished cutlery, baking soda and vinegar for grease on pots and pans and so on. But English Heritage is here with some quirky hacks, best and the worst, to clean as spring arrives. Use fresh white bread on wallpaper, but don’t use potatoes to clean oil paintings, they say. The English heritage is here with some of its iconic historical cleaning tips. “Although we may not recommend some of the more bizarre tips, housekeepers of the past were often spot-on with their methods, despite relatively little scientific knowledge,” Amber Xavier-Rowe of English Heritage was quoted as saying as he said how they use readily available materials to clean.

She said milk was experimented to clean non-porous stone floor and approved by conservation teams during the coronavirus lockdown on the floors of Brodsworth Hall, a Victorian country house near Doncaster, The Guardian reported. From full-fat to skimmed, all were used. “It is quite subtle but it comes up really nice and we will probably end up using it in the future,” Xavier-Rowe was quoted as saying. She said it doesn’t smell or attract any mould.

White bread has been another revelation as it was used to wipe clean dirty wallpaper. The results were termed ‘demonstrably impressive’. Fresh white bread and not stale. Xavier-Rowe recounted some similar strange hacks from the past, like sprinkling your carpet with damp tea leaves before sweeping. Other cleaning tips she mentioned were applying a soft chamois leather to give a shine to mirrors rather than glass cleaner, and rejuvenating waxed timber floors with a mixture of beeswax and turpentine.

The English Heritage also released a video showing some of the tips. This comes at a time when the English Heritage conservation teams are working on the spring cleans at properties which are scheduled set to reopen on 17 May.

first published:March 19, 2021, 16:57 IST