About Christopher Escriva

Restoring Furniture On Site:

Can I save money having my furniture polished on site?

Yes you can. Having your furniture polished on site can potentially save you thousands of dollars. There is a saving on transportation. This is especially the case, for large items e.g. sideboards and extension tables. There are some examples on the first page of my website on one of these tables. The customer saved around $1,000 and as a result this customer went on to have all the other furniture in her home repolished.

In the end it averaged out that each piece of furniture cost around $300 dollars to repolish including the extension table. There is also the added benefit of having more input into the final result and above all quality control. I will always discuss with my customers beforehand as to what they are hoping or expecting to achieve from my services. I also encourage my customers to feel free to ask me any questions whilst I am completing my tasks.

Is it safe to carry out this work in my home?

Yes it is. All liquid materials used are kept in large plastic boxes. To avoid any further risk of spillage I use plastic coated drop sheets of the highest quality. There are a maximum of four different liquids used on site to repolish furniture and as only one is used at a time the risk of any spillage is very low.

Will there be any strong odours in my home?

I do use environmentally friendly products that most of my customers find appealing. The odour of these products may stay around for a day or so but it does lose its strength quite quickly. There are times though for specific jobs that I have to use different products that are stronger in odour but I do so only in consultation with my customers. We can then find the best way to avoid any unpleasantness for the customer in their home.

Can you restore all my furniture in my home?

  • All furniture that has been traditionally hand polished can be repolished on site.
  • Kitchen bench tops can be handstripped, sanded and repolished or oiled on site.
  • Touching up of lacquered surfaces can be done on site.
  • Full re-lacquering of furniture cannot be done on site.
  • Minor repairs can be done on site.
  • Major repairs cannot be done on site
  • Washing back of polished surfaces can be done on site.
  • Handstripping of painted furniture cannot be done on site.

Furniture Maintenance:

Is it ok to use a damp cloth to dust my furniture?

No. The damp cloth may be great to pick up dust but the moisture will slowly deteriorate your polished surface. I recall seeing a victorian mahogany extension table with an original finish 90% worn due to dusting with a damp cloth, as it is a very slow process my client didn't realize the moisture was breaking down the polish.

If a damp cloth is not suitable for daily or weekly cleaning, what is?

I recommend for daily or weekly use a product called Marveer, its a silicone free spray wax. Its safe and easy to use not requiring the labour of a beeswax. Available from any Woolworths store and priced around $4.50 a can I've found it to be the best available product of its type.

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Can I use oils to polish my furniture?

Not advisable. In the longer term it will cause the lacquered and french polished surface to crack and craze. I recently re-polished an extension table that had been continuously oiled because of its perceived good results. My customer wasn't aware that the polish was crazing and eventually only noticed the damage when the finish was cracking. His table had to be stripped and re-polished. Cleaning furniture with a very diluted oil can be ok if all the residue is wiped off or its used in preparation for french polishing.

How often should I wax my furniture?

I recommend every three to six months using a soft paste beeswax. It provides protection for your polished surfaces from scratches and liquids. For those who find waxing too arduos the Marveer product from Woolworths is ideal. The beeswax I recommend is the Bio wax produced in Adelaide and only sold in Sydney at ECO at HOME in Willoughby. Visit their website ECO at HOME to view or purchase this product.

Christopher Escriva French Polisher

I have an old pine kitchen dresser and I want a wax finish, is that recommended?

I do not recommend waxing straight on timber but do suggest oiling your kitchen dresser. Over time an oil finish will give much better protection and a better result. Waxing would certainly be an option once you have oiled your dresser with four or five applications of oil.

Christopher Escriva French Polisher