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They Can Fix It
Comments () | Published August 1, 2008
Gold Leaf Studios repairs gilded objects such as the crown on this frame, given to George Washington by France in 1791. When sunlight hits the crown, it projects rays against the wall above the frame, which holds an engraving of King Louis XVI. Photographs courtesy of Cleveland Conservation


Christopher’s, 2931-E Eskridge Rd., Fairfax; 800-787-5885; This company specializes in treating textiles to protect them from stains and wear but also does on-site spot removal. Also does upholstery and carpet cleaning.

Exclusive Draperies & Upholstery, 14740-A Flint Lee Rd., Chantilly; 703-968-9506. Repairs, remakes, and restyles drapes and upholstery.

Parkway Custom Drycleaning, 8402 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-3377; This trusted dry cleaner can clean drapes while they’re hanging.


These companies fix wood and chain-link fences. Long Fence also works on wrought iron and other materials; Expert Fence also handles ornamental steel and aluminum. For more recommendations, see listings under Iron.

Accokeek Fence Co., 5410 Vine St., Alexandria; 703-971-0660;

Expert Fence, 6027 Farrington Ave., Alexandria; 703-751-3008;

Long Fence, Capitol Heights, Ijamsville, Crofton, Chantilly; 800-917-5664;

Potomac Fences, 12411 Washington Ave., Rockville; 301-468-1228;


Brothers & Justice, 8453-R Tyco Rd., Vienna; 703-883-0644; Does major repairs on hardwood floors as well as sanding and finishing.

Classic Floor Designs, 2120 L St., NW; 202-872-9860. Can repair a variety of flooring including carpet, wood, stone, leather, and tile. Also refinishes wood floors and uses a dustless system for resanding.

Elegant Floor Services, 2322-B Montgomery St., Silver Spring; 301-608-0818; Since 1987, this company has been cleaning, refinishing, and restoring stone and wood floors. It has done stone work at the Vice President’s house, marble refinishing at the National Archives, and wood flooring at Congressional Country Club.

M&M Floors, 9109 Euclid Ave., Suite 101, Manassas, 703-361-1416; 2810 Door Ave., Suite B, Fairfax, 703-532-0225; This family-owned company with more than 60 employees refinishes and repairs existing wood floors and ceramic floors. It has worked for Sugar Ray Leonard and members of the Redskins.

Master Care Flooring, 4000 Coolidge Ave., Baltimore; 800-541-6819; This 30-person firm repairs and refinishes wood floors. It recently repaired the floors in the Vice President’s office.

Nash Carpet One Floor & Home, 11641 Boiling Brook Pl., Rockville; 866-497-7133; These hardwood experts repair any kind of wood as well as laminate and linoleum. The company has done floors at the White House, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and the Federal Reserve.

Universal Floors, 4625 41st St., NW; 202-537-8900; The Lynn family has been in business more than 50 years. The company restores old floors and fixes new installations gone awry.


Gold Leaf Studios, 1523 22nd St., NW (courtyard); 202-833-2440; William Adair and his staff repair, restore, and create frames and other gilded objects. They’ve worked for the National Portrait Gallery and the State Department.

Metro Plating and Polishing, 4110 Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-493-4009; Specializes in silver, gold, chrome, nickel, and brass plating and polishing—everything from flatware to furniture.

Parker’s Gilding Studio, Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Suite 118, Savage; 301-490-8410. Historic restoration of gilded antique frames and furniture as well as objets d’art.

William A. Lewin Conservator, 1637 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore; 410-675-2764. Experts in conserving gilded finishes, especially frames. This firm has worked on the frames in the US Capitol rotunda but takes on humbler projects as well. It also restores gilded and lacquered furniture and other objects and does structural repairs.

Wimsatt & Associates Art Conservation Studio, 4230 Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-493-4250; This art-conservation studio has a gilding conservator who restores frames.


Flaherty Iron Works, 5416 Vine St., Alexandria; 703-971-7653; Repairs wrought-iron furniture, gates, fences, banisters, and other items. Can also work on aluminum, stainless steel, and brass.

Fred Mashack Iron Works, 1804 Half St., SW; 202-554-4455. Repair and restoration of cast-iron porches, fences, and stairs.

Rick’s Iron Works, 9103-B Owens Dr., Manassas Park; 703-369-5189. In business nearly 25 years, Rick’s repairs anything made of iron, from railings to stairs to fences.

Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Tune-Up, 14403 N. Slope St., Centreville, 703-502-3093; 600 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park, 410-647-5226; Specializes in cabinet restoration and refinishing.


Franco’s Italian Leather Design, 3762-A Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-962-0809; Owner Gianfranco Belviso grew up in Italy and trained as a leather designer. He can clean, repair, refinish, or recover anything leather, including sofas, tabletops, and book bindings—but no shoes. He also creates custom leather pieces.

Metro Leather Furniture Restoration, 202-E Lane Ct., Sterling; 703-450-6850; In business since 1984, this firm offers cleaning, conditioning, repair, refinishing, color change, and reupholstering for leather furniture. Works for major retailers such as Crate & Barrel and Bloomingdale’s.

Linens and Textiles

Curzon Hill Antiques, 108 S. Columbus St., Alexandria; 703-684-0667; Hand-cleaning and repair of antique linens and textiles, especially table and bed linens, quilts, and christening gowns. All repairs are reversible. This 15-year-old family-owned business also does mounting.

Anna Grishkova, Northwest DC; 703-507-2882. A conservator at the Textile Museum, Grishkova is the person to call for work on historic textiles. She runs a private business helping clients choose the right conservation treatments for quilts, uniforms, flags, and other historic pieces. She also prepares textiles for mounting and consults with clients on storage and display. In business 25 years, she has worked for museums in Russia and the United States.


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