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Maintaining a French Polished Finish

Looking for advice on how to maintain your French polished items? Here's some quick tips and techniques you can start using.

Hey there, woodcare warriors! Once you’ve achieved that beautiful French polished finish, you’ll want to keep it looking its best. In this guide, we at WoodFixers share our top tips on how to care for and maintain your French polished items. Let’s dive right in!

Avoiding Direct Sunlight and Heat

One of the main enemies of a French polished finish is heat and direct sunlight. To maintain the lustre and prevent cracking, keep your polished items away from radiators and out of direct sunlight. Also, be sure to use coasters or mats to avoid heat marks from hot items.

Regular Dusting

Regular dusting with a soft, dry cloth can keep your French polished pieces gleaming. Avoid all-purpose cleaners, which can damage the finish. If you need to clean a stubborn spot, slightly dampen the cloth with distilled water, but always avoid soaking the surface.


To maintain that high-gloss sheen, occasionally use a good quality beeswax polish. Apply it sparingly with a soft cloth, leave it to dry, and then buff gently. Remember: a little goes a long way!

Repairing Minor Damage

If the finish is slightly damaged, sometimes a touch-up with shellac can help. However, if the damage is severe, you may need to consider a full French polish restoration.


With proper care and attention, a French polished finish can remain beautiful for many years. Remember, at WoodFixers, we’re always here to help with your wood restoration and care needs.

Stay tuned for more advice on keeping your wooden items in tip-top shape with WoodFixers.