Bredgar firm Wilkinson's chandelier clean-up for TV
David Wilkinson makes
chandeliers for palaces and celebrities
The delicate task of cleaning a lavish chandelier has been
filmed by ITV with work carried out by a Kent firm with royal
David Wilkinson, boss of Bredgar-based Wilkinson Plc, oversaw
the dismantling of a chandelier at a unnamed private members' club
in London's Pall Mall for the ITV series Dirty Britain.
His specialist cleaners used ladders to reach the 6ft-long
chandelier and then carefully washed, dried and polished more than
2,000 crystal drops to bring back its sparkle. The whole operation
took three-and-a-half hours.
Mr Wilkinson, who supervised proceedings at the exclusive
address, said: "It was good for us to take part in the programme as
people don't always know where they can get chandeliers cleaned, so
it raises awareness of our work."
Chandelier cleaning can cost from £100 for a simple piece to
more than a £1,000 for huge masterpieces.
Wilkinson creates and repairs chandeliers for eight royal
families and holds the Royal Warrant of Appointment as a supplier
to the Queen since 1985.
The Dirty Britain episode is set to be screened in June.
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