Staircases, Banisters and Hand Rails

Polishing, restoration, repairs, colouring

We have been receiving very positive feedback from the commercial and public sector regarding our staircase and banister rail polishing service; we are adapting our hand French polishing skills to site work with great results. From a domestic household banister rail to a commercial staircase in a hotel we have the tradesmen to finish all sizes of jobs.

We can re-polish or restore banisters, stairs and hand-rails to either their original colour, or colour them to the customer's specification to match or compliment a more modern decor. We can traditionally hand finish and wax or finish in a modern durable lacquer. All colours and finishes are discussed with the customer and we are able to achieve whatever finish is desired. We can stain soft woods to match hard woods, and finish either with traditional French polishing or lacquering with modern finishes and colours.

Pine stairs and mahogany banisters colour matched

For this staircase we sanded the new pine rail to prepare for finishing, and chemically stripped the existing mahogany rails to remove the old polish. We then stained and coloured all the wood work so that both pine and mahogany blended in with each other, and finished both with a traditional shellac French Polish.


The client says...

We had a loft added to our Victorian semi, so not only did our new pine banister need polishing, it needed to match our existing one hundred year old mahogany banister in both color and style... the result was nothing short of magnificent. It's a shame we only have one banister, cause I'd let these guys strip, stain and wax my whole house if that were an option!

Mahogany staircase and banisters French Polished

This Victorian mahogany staircase and banister on three floors and landings was stripped back, stained with a rich mahogany oil stain and then French Polished. Great care was taken not to damage the newly painted spindles.

The client says...

Thanks Jean-Marc for bringing our mahogany hand rail back to its original colour - it's looking beautiful.

Mrs Jackson, Richmond, Surrey

More work and testimonials


We are completing a loft conversion which has involved additional stairs from the first floor to the loft. We were keen to maintain the period character of the existing staircase and make a feature of the old and the new. We intended to have the handrails and newel posts French polished and all spindles painted white.

However the existing staircase had been painted (by a previous owner) rather than polished to create a 'mahogany like' effect, and was generally pretty drab and cheap looking. The new staircase was delivered and installed, with handrails in Sapele (a mahogany like wood) with newel posts that were supposed to match. However the newel posts were in sections with some parts in pine. This was a great concern to us as we now believed we had three different woods (old mahogany, new sapele and new pine) that we needed to have stained and polished to match and we weren't sure this would be possible.

Jean-Marc and his colleague Martin did a fantastic job and the finish is wonderful! All three woods match as if they were from a single tree. The grain of the wood is clear to see from top to bottom and it is a deep, warm walnut red/brown shade that shines with beeswax polish. We are very pleased with the work and would have no hesitation in recommending Jean-Marc and Martin and using them again!

Mr Corcoran, West Ealing, London

Jean Marc's work was of a high standard and we are delighted with the life that he brought to our handrail. He was puntcual, neat and prepared to adapt to his approach to our needs. We will certainly use him again.

Ms Akbar, Maida Vale, London

Jean-Marc and his colleague worked hard all day cutting back, staining and polishing the mismatched spindles and banister on my staircase to bring them up to the same colour. They were knowledgable, professional and tidy. It looks wonderful - beautifully finished. I would highly recommend Jean-Marc and his team.

Mrs Fidden, East Sheen, London

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