Spring Cleaning: The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is cleaned every year with four tons of wipes, 25,000 garbage bags, 10,000 doses of detergent, and 105 gallons of metal cleaning solution! Additionally, every seven years, the tower is repainted by hand with lead-free paint in three shades of brown – if you look closely, the tower is darkest at the bottom and is painted in a gradient. The repainting requires nearly 60 tons of paint! Watch a short video of the Eiffel Tower being cleaned here.
Here are some other fun facts about the Eiffel Tower:
- The tower is named after Gustave Eiffel, the engineer whose company designed and built it.
- It is the most-visited paid monument in the entire world.
- There are 1,665 steps in the Eiffel Tower.
- You can see almost 42 miles across Paris from the top of the tower on a clear day