Renovation work has begun on Room 71 of Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace, where the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, died, to open it to visitors on November 10, the anniversary of his death.
The Presidency of the National Palace photographed the ceiling skirts and wall surfaces of the room and compared them to previous photos from the digital archive to determine the damage.
After investigations, a team of 12 people decided which method they would use to clean the surfaces of the architectural ornaments on the room’s ceiling and walls.
Gökşen Canıyılmaz, Head of the Restoration Department of the National Palace Presidency, provided information about the room’s restoration process. “First of all, the work we do is dry cleaning. We do this by cleaning the surfaces of dirt with a broom and a restoration brush with a vacuum cleaner.”
In addition to the cleaning process, the restoration team also worked on cracks and peeling paint that had appeared on the ceiling and wall over time.
Kanilmaz noted that the team filled in the cracks with an injection system and put putty on the walls with peeling paint, adding that after waiting for the putty to dry for a day, they cleaned the wall of dust with sanding work.
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