Hermitage backstage - cleanup at the museum
The last thing you would think of coming to Hermitage is how do they clean it all up. But obviously many people queueing in an endless line to explore the royal beauty wonder why don't they open it on Mondays. Monday is claimed to be the day-off at the Hermitage. Though actually it is not, at all. It is the busiest day for many museum services - restorers and renovators, artists who make the copies of exhibits, and, of course, cleaners that do their best to keep it all tidy not bothering the visitors.
Twice a year they dedicate to the global cleaning taking care of grad mirrors and windows - more frequent care would rather be damaging. To clean the Jordan Staircase they build up the woods to get access to all the spots and corners of its decoration and spend the whole day from early morning to late night washing and wiping. Wearing special gloves to prevent damage of objects being cleaned they wipe every tiny crystal and bronze curves of chandeliers, Only specially-taught museum cleaners are allowed to do this job.