Amber Xavier-Rowe shared her tips with listeners on the best ways to clean floors. As part of her job, Amber has led her team to spring clean some English Heritage sites as they hope to reopen to the public in May.
In line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, stately homes owned by the English Heritage and the National Trust may be allowed to open in May.
Therefore, staff are currently busy cleaning properties and facilities that have not been used by the public in months.
As well as cleaning visitor attractions, now is also the perfect time to start cleaning your home.
According to Healthline, experts have confirmed that spring-cleaning your home has a number of health benefits, including strengthening your immune system and reducing the risk of illnesses.
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The expert added: “And also, to get yourself a brush – it’s really brilliant for getting the dust out of the crevices in bits and pieces around the place.”
The Radio Four host replied: “Maybe the most important thing is just get to it in one way or another, because it’s not going to go away by itself.”
Amber agreed, saying: “The big spring clean needs to come back into our lives, unfortunately, I think.”
“You’ve left us with pretty much a thought for the day there,” the host said.
Using milk to clean your floors may be an unusual cleaning method, but it was in fact commonly used in the Victorian Era.
Conservators at English Heritage tested this method while cleaning Brodsworth Hall in Yorkshire.
They also used white bread to remove dirt from wallpaper, which ended with impressive results, according to the conservation organisation.
Additionally, beeswax was used on waxed timber floors, leaving them spotless.
According to English Heritage, these home-cleaning tips from a bygone era proved to be more effective than some modern-day methods.
Speaking on Radio Four, Amber was also asked about removing tea stains from mugs, but the expert believed that this particular cleaning task was a lost cause.
Amber said: “I’m afraid that once it’s stained it’s very difficult to get it out.
“I think you just need to appreciate that that’s a well-loved teacup, to be honest with you.”