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Confessions of a Window Cleaner

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it, however it took more than a squeegee and a bucket of water to clean up the mess on Ibiza Cathedral's stained glass windows.

230 hours of painstaking labour was involved to remove the grime of the last two decades and repair the damage done by a combination of vandalism and a rogue fireworks display.

The windows were created 27 years ago by a specialist craftsman, Antoni Gómez Salagran, and were restored to their original splendour by one of his pupils, Miquel Peñaranda who laboured alone for a month and a half on the project.

Miquel explained that patience was the main attribute required for the job as each tiny bit of glass had to be dismantled cleaned and reinserted piece by piece. Now the windows are back from the Manacor (Mallorca) workshop and could be seen just in time to celebrate Ibiza's Saint's day.