After the Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday I went back to work, this time for Hare & Humphreys Ltd. Our job was to clean a painted ceiling and a large crucifix in the Sacred Heart Church in Kilburn, North London. The ceiling was created in the mid-20th Century and was covered in a layer of dust and grease from candles and incense used in the church. Following trials we proceeded to clean the panels.
Above you can see a ‘before and after’ example of our work.
After cleaning the painted panels we discovered that at some point in the past the ceiling had been cleaned using a substance that had removed some of the paint. Attempts had been made to retouch the panels but now that the ceiling was clean these looked quite crude.