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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Glitter under the Grime: Citrus Juice to the Rescue

The decorative brass-work hanging from the lower roof, before it was cleaned. The dirt was accumulated over decades, primarily from pigeon droppings and exposure to the elements.

The metal surface is coated with citrus juice and left alone for a few days until the natural acid eats away all the filth, without causing any damage to the metal.

The brilliant, shining gold-plated surface is suddenly exposed for all humanity to appreciate after a simple hosing down with water.

The left section is yet to be cleaned, whereas the right section glitters after a few days’ work by one person.

Bamboo scaffolding put up for the cleaning work.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Alok for the update, Nice to see some local technology at work = economic and effective!!!


Anonymous said...

Jai Janabaha!

This is probably one of the most impacting plus glittering clean-up/renovation efforts I have seen to date. It just makes the temple look few decades younger!! Great work!


manoj manandhar said...

You all are doing a great cleaning the works of art there at the temple but you are at the same time doing justice to those who must have put in a lot of thier time and effort to make these to beuitfy the temple for us to marvle on. great works guys, keep up the great work. and like surendra said, local technology at work and also economic and effective, what more could anyone ask for?

Manoj Manandhar