Quality French Polishing in London

Are you looking to restore the beauty and shine to your fine wood furniture or other woodwork in London? French polishing may be the perfect solution for you.

French polishing is a traditional wood finishing technique that involves the use of a special polishing oil, called “shellac,” and a soft cloth or pad to create a smooth, shiny, and lustrous finish on wood surfaces. It is a time-honoured method that has been used for centuries to finish and protect fine wood furniture and other woodwork.

  • If you are planning a renovation project, are updating the floors in your home or are simply looking to create a showpiece for your room, our French polishing services in London could be the answer. Due to our longevity as specialists in wood renovation, we genuinely take great pride in restoring wood to best show its natural characteristics

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    French Polishing London FAQs

    What is French polishing?

    French polishing is a type of wood finishing technique that involves the use of a specialized polishing oil and a soft cloth or pad to create a smooth, shiny, and lustrous finish on wood surfaces. It is a traditional method that has been used for centuries to finish and protect fine wood furniture and other woodwork.

    What is the process of French polishing in London?

    The process of French polishing typically involves the following steps:

    1. Preparation: The wood surface is prepared for polishing by sanding it down to a smooth finish and removing any dust or debris.
    2. Applying the polish: A special polishing oil, called “shellac,” is applied to the wood using a soft pad or cloth. The oil is applied in thin layers, using a circular motion to work it into the wood.
    3. Buffing: The surface is buffed with a soft cloth or pad to remove any excess oil and to create a smooth, shiny finish.
    4. Repeating the process: The process of applying the polish and buffing is typically repeated several times to build up a thick, lustrous finish.

    How long does French polishing take in London?

    The length of time it takes to complete French polishing will depend on the size of the area being polished and the condition of the wood. In general, it can take several days to a week to complete the process, depending on the complexity of the job. Contact us for a quote.

    Is French polishing expensive in London?

    The cost of French polishing in London will depend on the size of the area being polished and the condition of the wood. It’s a good idea to get estimates from our company to get a sense of the costs involved. In general, French polishing is a cost- effective way to restore and protect fine wood surfaces.

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    Why is French Polishing in London perfect for my floor?

    In addition to restoring the beauty of your wood surfaces, French polishing can also help to protect them from damage and wear. With the right company and a little bit of care and maintenance, your polished wood surfaces can last for many years to come.

    Overall, French polishing in London is a cost-effective way to restore and protect your fine wood furniture and other woodwork. With the help of a skilled professional, you can bring new life to your wood surfaces and add value to your home or business.

    Advantages of French Polishing

    As a popular choice for French polishing in London, we have seen our customers benefit from French polishing many times. To help you decide if French polishing is the right option for you, here are some of its main benefits!

    Faithful restorations

    This time-honoured technique can bring life and character to your wooden articles and can quickly become the focal point of a room. Whether it’s a grand bookcase, chest of antique drawers, vast sleigh-bed or a simple coffee table, we work together with you to faithfully restore your piece to its former glory.

    Durable and resilient

    French polishing is a finish that is durable and resilient to wear, scratches, flaking and cracking. Our French polishing also plays a large role in ensuring the life span of your furniture, including doors and windows, helping you get the most out of our services and maximum value for money.

    Natural and non-toxic

    Shellac resin is naturally occurring and non-toxic which means that it is a safe solution for those with children or pets. It is also better for the environment as harmful spray polishes aren’t needed to maintain the shine and gleam.

    Cheaper than replacing furniture

    French polishing is a cheaper alternative to buying new furniture and it often means that we can keep hold of those sentimental pieces that have always had a place in our homes.

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    Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what some of our clients have to say about our floor sanding services…

    Ashley Bailey
    Ashley Bailey
    Alan & co restored our 1970s teak parquet lounge floor expertly, unphased by unpleasant surprises after the carpet was lifted to reveal paint splats, screeding & a concrete section which must've been the old fireplace, eventually replacing this section with mahogany, as the closest match, as teak is no longer available. Well pleased with results!
    Tony Bowden
    Tony Bowden
    Alan and Mark restored our near 70 year old lounge and hallway parquet flooring, which had been covered by carpets for many years. The work was completed on time, and it now looks like a new floor. Both very polite, friendly and professional, they certainly know their trade.
    Charlotte Gladwell
    Charlotte Gladwell
    Barford Contractors LTD laid oak parquet in our hallway and two front rooms. Throughout the process the communication was great and they were very receptive to our feedback and went the extra mile to make the flooring how we wanted it. Alan, Mark and Gareth were here just over a week and they were really friendly and polite. The floors look incredible and we would highly reccomend them as they delivered exactly what we wanted and the service was spot on.
    Rachel Fryett
    Rachel Fryett
    Barford Contractors were excellent. The floor was transformed from an old orange colour, to looking fresh and brand new. Alan's communication was fantastic from the start. I would definitely recommend Barford Contractors to anyone wanting their floor transformed.
    Sally Evans
    Sally Evans
    excellent work , great job and no fuss or mess
    Naina Daya
    Naina Daya
    Did a fantastic job with our wooden floor. I am happy to recommend Alan and Mark to anyone who needs to refresh their wooden floor. Wonderful job done by really nice people.
    Jennifer Anderson
    Jennifer Anderson
    A wonderful clean speedy job restoring our 50 year old teak parquet which has been hidden under carpets for many years. If you live on the Long Ridings Estate in Hutton Brentwood thoroughly recommend you investigate.
    Keith Barrett
    Keith Barrett
    Alan and his son Mark transformed our wooden floors. They did a thorough, dust free job, proving to be very obliging by helping to move furniture for us. We thoroughly recommend them. Mr and Mrs Barrett
    Stuart Wilson
    Stuart Wilson
    Alan provided a detailed quote for both wooden floors in our village hall to sand and re-seal and apply lines for a badminton court. The work was carried out meticulously and he kept me fully informed of progress and was more than happy to answer my questions. Very pleased to recommend his company.


    Barfords, restore anything, from antique flooring to modern grey styles and natural finishes. All with an environmental awareness and in a professional and friendly manner. We also restore most woodwork, and offer free estimates.

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    Barford Contractors Ltd,
    16 Scrub Rise,
    Billericay CM12 9PG