Annual Cleaning 2014
Every January, Hillwood closes its doors for a few weeks so that the staff can make the Mansion shine!
Thursday, January 30
- The Dining Room table is set with Russian porcelain and glass, and sugar decorations by Ivan Day.
- The Breakfast Room is returned to its normal configuration. An orchid display is installed in the flower boxes and the table is set with a porcelain service representing St Andrew the First-Called.
Tuesday, January 28
- More polishing is done of the wood floors.
- The replica of the Sea Cloud is removed from the First Floor Library and furniture is return to its pre-Living Artfully location.
- The Living Artfully display cases are removed from the Breakfast Room.
- The tablecloth is placed on the Dining Room table in anticipation of the new arrangement.
Friday, January 24
Wednesday, January 23
- Staff buffs and waxes the Second Floor Hallway.
Tuesday, January 22
- Work begins upstairs. Furniture and objects are move to facilitate cleaning.
Friday, January 17
- The two hunt scenes by Dutch artist Dirk Langendijk are rehung by members of the Collections staff
Thursday, January 16
- Conservation staff replace fuses in overhead light fixtures.
- The Dining Room is prepped for the installation of the Dutch hunting scenes removed for Living Artfully.
Wednesday, January 15
- The lights in the Entry Hall are changed to new LED bulbs that in addition to conserving energy are also better for the artworks.
- Conservators remove the TV screens, installed as part of Living Artfully, from the walls of the Dining Room and prepare to rehang the paintings.
Tuesday, January 14
- Scaffolding is installed on the Entry Hall stairs. This allows staff to reach light fixtures for cleaning, repair, or replacement.
- Horticulture removes excess branches from the trees around the Japanese Style Garden and the Lunar Lawn Overlook to improve the view of the Washington Monument.
Monday, January 13
- Staff begins cleaning the Pavilion chandeliers.
- The Entry Hall is prepared for scaffolding.
- Objects are removed from the Dining Room table and surrounding furniture.