- We make certain that a high percentage of our work is the restoration and repair of wood products, rather than all new wood. We help ensure that non-sustainable wood, particularly hard woods, are retained as the treasures that they are.
- We are careful about the materials and products we use:
- We use French polish as our finishing product of choice, so try to use it instead of any other product. Unlike Lacquers and most other finishes, it’s a product made of natural ingredients, Shellac and pure alcohol.
- We use water-based rather than oil or solvent-based products where possible.
- When polishing floors we use water-borne lacquers.
- All our colours are from natural pigments.
- We will always try to advise our customers to repair and restore their wood products, rather than replace them with new items.
How does this benefit you as the customer?
Environmentally friendly efforts are often more expensive than their non-friendly options. However you can save money by taking the environmentally friendly wood finishing approach.
Unless severely damaged, it’s very seldom that a wood product actually needs to be scrapped; in most cases it is merely the finish that is damaged. It’s often overlooked that replacing furniture and other wooden products is generally far more expensive than repairing them and in many cases replacements are inferior due to the quality of new wood. Products that are thrown out purely for a change of style could often be finished differently, as there is an endless array of colours to stain or tint wood and numerous different types of finish. New looks and styles can easily be achieved.
Please make sure you consider repair or refinishing options before you make any decision. We will be more than happy to give you free advice and a price for restoration, repair or simply change. It is very likely that you’ll be surprised at how much you can save by taking this approach.
In addition to the many pieces of furniture we repair and re-polish, here are just some examples of how customers are saving money whilst supporting the environment:
- A customer felt that with new decorations throughout their home, their light Oak kitchen no longer matched the style of the rest of their apartment. Their initial thought was simply to replace all the wood in the kitchen, however, this would have cost thousands of pounds. After talking to us, they realised that we could easily take their light oak to almost any other colour and even change the finish from dead matt to a smart satin. In three days and at very small comparative cost, they had their new, dark wood, kitchen.
- We polish lots of doors, both internal and external, but have noticed that many people still replace their doors at a much higher cost then re-polishing. In many cases people forget that on top of the cost of a new door, the cost of fitting is often unexpected and expensive. A door is seldom the perfect size, it needs to be adjusted by a carpenter to fit the frame, the hinges need to be cut in and all the door fixtures, which can be an extensive list in some cases (locks, letter box, spy hole, security chain, house number, handles, kick plates, door closers), all need to be fitted. After all this, the door often still requires a finish and often the frame to match it. To strip and re-polish an internal door can take as little as a single day to complete and at a fraction of the above costs of replacement.
- We recently re-polished the tops of about eight desks for an office in Tower Hill, this took us just over two days and cost less than a quarter of the replacement cost. In addition the work was completed on site and out of hours, so no extra cost for removal and delivery and no need to disrupt the customers during working hours.
The above were completed at small cost to the customers, at less time than and with less disruption than the alternative replacement options. Most importantly though, not one piece of new timber was used in any of the projects.