Dovecote Aftercare and Maintenance
An easy guide to help keep your Robinson Garden Dovecote looking in it’s finest condition. We have included some useful advice and tips to help you to keep your bespoke wooden Dovecote in superb condition all year round.
Cleaning guidance for your Dovecote
Give your wooden Dovecote a good wash or scrub as regularly as possible to get rid of lichens and bird droppings – this is especially beneficial if you are housing Doves or intend to house doves in the near future.
The Autumn clean
Information to follow soon.
Annual Maintenance of your Dovecote
Annual maintenance is best carried out in autumn. Clean your Dovecote, and make sure it is still the best place for you Dovecote to be positioned, if your Dovecote is ground fixed this maybe more difficult to move. It may be likely that your Dovecote will need an annual paint to keep it in its elegant nature. We advise you doing this on a dry day.
Sand down any areas that are rough and then dust down with a dry cloth. We then advise you to apply one coat of Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell undercoat where your sanding has reached the wood. Leave it to dry for roughly two/three hours, ensure you use the correct Farrow and Ball undercoat colour. (For more details please visit their website). Once you have done this you can then start applying the Farrow & Ball colour of your choice applying at least two coats with two / three hours between coats.
If your Dovecote has a slate roof, apply slate oil or teak oil to the roof using a clean paintbrush. When you apply the oil avoid using too much, the oil keeps the slate looking shiny.
General Care of your Dovecote
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Steps for removing grime and mildew from your Dovecote
Mildew is a type of mould that can grow and flourish in any environment where oxygen, moisture and organic material can combine to cause a reaction. If it grows upon your Dovecote it will appear green in appearance and will ruin its aesthetic and if you are housing Doves, it may affect their health. The good news is that most mould and mildew can be removed via a few simple cleaning-based steps.
First of all fill one of your buckets with water and then add washing up liquid. Fill the second bucket with clear water. Take the soft cloth and moisten it in the washing up liquid solution. Then wring the cloth out so that it is barely moist.
Use the barely moist cloth to scrub the areas of your arbour affected by mildew. For the best results, concentrate on each problem area at a time. Once you are pleased that the problem area has been sufficiently cleaned, take another clean cloth and rinse with clean water. Then take a third clean cloth to dry the problem section.