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Inappropriate or uninformed cleaning methods can destroy, rather than protect, our heritage - however well meant such activities might be by the individuals undertaking them. The general principle of "less is more" is vital - for example, when cleaning brass you should dust lightly once or twice a year and carefully remove dust trapped in tooling and crevices with a soft bristle brush - brass polishes should NOT be use to shine historic brasses. Similarly, for clear glazing you should use a soft, clean cloth and simple water (with just a few drops added of methylated spirits) rather than applying chemical cleaning products. All materials are subject to ongoing change and cleaning should respect this - the aim should be exert responsible and informed stewardship over metals, woods, glass, textiles and stone, truly caring for the long-term well-being of such materials rather than simply making them shiny or new-looking.

Detailed advice: National Trust Manual of Housekeeping.


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The DAC Office - The office of the Diocesan Advisory Commitee (DAC) has responsibility for progressing faculty applications and providing policy advice on church building matters.  The answer to most popular enquiries will be available via these web pages but do contact the DAC Office if not.  Where appropriate, the DAC Office can put you in touch with churches who have undertaken similar work to any scheme you might be proposing yourself.