Spring clean your home like the Castle

By: Mackenzie M. Padula, 4/13/2021

Dusting the walls and molding in the Brown Room.

We are so excited to start the process of opening up Lucknow Mansion and getting the property ready for public visits starting May 29th. Some of our Spring cleaning processes at Castle in the Clouds include:

  • Removing the furniture covers
  • Detail cleaning furniture and artifacts
  • Dust and clean walls, doors, and ceilings
  • Removing the storm windows
  • Wash windows, inside and out
  • Bring out and place props that were put away in storage for the winter
  • Place our prop artifacts throughout the house to give it a homier feel
  • Complete any necessary maintenance
  • Layout the one-way path that we’re starting our season with
  • Install signage and exhibition labels

Here are some tips and key items for spring cleaning your home from Martha Stewart[1]:

  • Wipe walls and ceilings: Use a vacuum to remove dust around the baseboards. You can use a damp cloth to wipe down walls and ceilings or try a solvent-free degreaser for, particularly tough spots, like in the kitchens.
  • Vacuum and Shampoo rugs: Depending on the type of rug, you may be able to rent a rug cleaner or you may need to hire a professional to help with this task.
  • Clean upholstered furnishings: Beat cushions by hand, outdoors, to remove dust. If stained, you can wash the surface following the specific care labels. Vacuum the upholstery and clean all the crevices under the cushions.
  • Wax wooden furnishings: After wiping the surface with a damp cloth and mild dish soap, apply a paste wax a few feet at a time with a cotton rag. Let the wax dry then buff with a clean cloth.
  • Wash/repair window screens: Using warm water and mild dish soap you can scrip each screen with a brush and rinse thoroughly.
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors: Replace batteries in units, make sure they are dust-free, and use this opportunity to also make sure your fire extinguisher is not expired and everyone in the home is educated on how to use it.
  • Dust books, shelves, and other surfaces: Using a feather duster or a dust brush wipe the spines of the books and dust everything off.
  • Clean window treatments: Wash or dry clean draperies and curtains. Wipe down wooden, metal, or vinyl blinds.

Here is a downloadable Spring Cleaning checklist inspired by how we clean Lucknow Mansion to prepare for our guests and with items from this post!

Spring Cleaning Worksheet