French polishing is a wood finishing technique that results in a very high gloss surface, with a deep colour and glow. French polishing consists of applying lots thin coats of shellac dissolved in denatured alcohol using a rubbing pad lubricated with one of a variety of oils. With its high gloss finish, its important to care for your French polished furniture well:
Keep it out of bright sunlight and away from direct heat which can soften the shellac, so that even the lightest things can marks it.
Polish regularly with a dry microfibre cloth to pick up dirt and debris.
Never use wax or furniture polish – it’ll leave behind a streaky finish that won't be easy to remove.
Don't stand anything on it without a mat underneath.
Never, ever stand anything hot on it...it will melt the shellac and leave an imprint forever!
If you really need something wet to remove a mark or spill, use plain water and polish in a circular motion, gently rubbing it until it is dry and the shine restored.