Domestic cleaning London: Spring cleaning taking place at historic townhouse - 10/01/2011
Fairfax House, an historic Georgian townhouse and one of York's top tourist attractions, is undergoing extensive spring cleaning this month.
The house has been closed down for the whole of January while staff and a team of volunteers undertake an extensive cleaning and conservation drive.
Over six weeks, they will painstakingly ensure the house's ancient collections, including paintings, ceramics and furniture, are in top condition when the attraction reopens on February 12th.
Garry Fearn, senior house steward, told the York Press: "It's a very intense task and means a lot of work.
"We check everything for signs of damage and things like woodworm and make it is all cleaned ahead of the reopening next month.
"It's something we have to do because some of the furniture is 300 years old, and this year we have asked volunteers to give a day or a few hours of their time to help us."
The house is owned by York Civic Trust who carried out major restoration work in the 1980s to return the building to its former glory and open it to the public.
Posted by Iacovos Kyriakides