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They Can Fix It
Comments () | Published August 1, 2008

Parkway Custom Drycleaning, 8402 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-3377; This dry cleaner can hand-clean and hand-press household textiles including quilts, linens, and bedspreads. It will do in-home and in-office drapery and furniture cleaning with portable equipment.

Vienna Quilt Shop, 396 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; 703-281-4091; Hand-cleaning, restoring, and mounting of antique or damaged quilts. This family-owned business once made a White House band uniform into a quilt.

Mantels, Molding, and Architectural Elements

Giannetti’s Studios, 3806 38th St., Brentwood; 301-927-0033; This family-owned business, started in 1935, does repair of moldings, columns, and other architectural elements. Giannetti’s has worked for the Renwick Gallery, National Building Museum, and Library of Congress.

Monumental Construction & Moulding Company, 4004 Volta Ave., Brentwood (showroom); 202-745-0658; Specializing in ornamental plaster molding, this 29-year-old company will design, reproduce, install, and restore ornamental plasterwork. It did molding restoration for the Hay-Adams during the hotel’s recent $20-million renovation.

Schuettinger Conservation Services, 17 North Alley, New Market; 301-865-3009. Conserves interior architectural millwork such as historic mantels and paneling.

Stripping Workshop, 411 New York Ave., NE; 202-544-1470. In business 31 years, this company specializes in refinishing woodwork.


American Stripping Company, 9205 Vassau Ct., Manassas; 703-368-9922; Specializes in blast-cleaning of metal as well as application of specialty coatings, including powder coating, metalizing, and industrial and commercial painting. In business for 18 years, it has done work at the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.

Awesome Metal Restorations, 4233-G Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-897-3266; Joseph Grenon fixes almost anything metal. Clients have included Blair House, the State Department, and the White House.

Bethesda Art Metal Works, 4955 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-1445. Young Kim repairs and polishes decorative metal objects and does silver, gold, and other types of plating.

Chevy Chase Plating and Polishing, 12131 Nebel St., Rockville; 301-230-7686; Repair and restoration of all types of decorative metal objects, from polishing rusted brass beds to repairing damaged silverware or teapots.

Flaherty Iron Works, 5416 Vine St., Alexandria; 703-971-7653; Although Flaherty specializes in wrought iron, the company also works on aluminum, stainless steel, and brass.

Lawrence Miller & Co., 121 S. Royal St., Alexandria; 703-548-0659; Lawrence Miller will smooth out silver spoons gnawed by garbage disposals, reattach limbs to bronze sculptures, and bring new life to copper pots. He restores gold, silver, bronze, brass, and copper. He also does jewelry repair.

Outdoor Furniture and Awnings

Bethesda Shade and Awning, 19201 Orbit Dr., Gaithersburg; 301-670-4655; In business 57 years, this company—which repairs and cleans outdoor awnings—counts the federal government and foreign embassies among its clients.

Criterion Lawn Furniture Repair, Keyser, W.Va.; 800-422-8360; A favorite among design experts, this company refinishes and repairs metal outdoor furniture and makes new cushions. Provides pickup and delivery ($100).

Pool Tables

Champion Billiards and Barstools, 1776 E. Jefferson St., Rockville; 301-881-3000. Installation and basic upkeep of pool tables, from new cloth and cushions to relining pockets. No refinishing.


Ayoub Carpet Service, 3856 Dulles South Ct., Chantilly; 703-255-6000; Specializing in Oriental rug repair, Ayoub also cleans and repairs carpeting and cleans upholstery.

Christopher’s, 2931-E Eskridge Rd., Fairfax; 800-787-5885; Highly recommended for cleaning of rugs, upholstery, drapes, and other household textiles. Also provides fabric-protection treatments.

David Zahirpour Oriental Rugs, 4922 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-338-4141. Expert in restoring all types of handmade rugs, this firm can repair holes and fraying to match the original design. Cleaning is done by hand with pure soaps. Clients include the White House, Smithsonian, and State Department.

Georgetown Floorcoverings, 3233 K St., NW; 202-965-3200; This 54-year-old company installs and repairs nylon as well as wool and other natural-fiber carpet. It has done carpeting for many area universities.

Manoukian Brothers Oriental Rugs, 7814 Georgia Ave., NW; 202-882-7847; Cleaning and repair of all rugs, specializing in Orientals. Can replace fringe and binding, reweave, and patch holes.

Mark Keshishian & Sons, 4507 Stanford St., Chevy Chase; 301-654-4044; Since 1907, this company has specialized in the repair of handwoven Oriental rugs, especially antiques.

Nazarian Brothers, 7625 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-657-7723; In business since 1920, this company cleans, restores, and appraises all kinds of rugs. Doesn’t work on wall-to-wall carpet.


Hilgartner Natural Stone Company, 101 W. Cross St., Baltimore; 410-752-4832; “Rock Doc” service provides natural-stone repairs, including cleaning, recaulking, sealing, and fixing cracks in stone countertops.

Marblex Design International, 2926 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax; 703-698-5595; Basic repair of stone, particularly marble, granite, and limestone.

Rizults Stone Restoration, 2636 12th St., NE; 202-832-0218. In business 26 years, Bob Muldrow does all types of stone restoration, from marble to slate to granite and more. He restored the 16 bathrooms in Blair House and has done work throughout the White House, including restoring marble in the president’s private dining room.

Serra Stone, 4312 Montgomery Ave., Bethesda; 301-986-1830; Stone repair, including cracking, unevenness, and deterioration on walls, walkways, and patios.

Lenore Winters can hide damage in wood—or simply spruce up an old piece of furniture—by faux-painting it. Photographs courtesy of Lenore Winters


American Tub and Tile, 4949 Beech Rd., Temple Hills; 301-702-1969; This company can repair chips in bathroom tile and fixtures, recaulk, fix fiberglass and acrylic, and change the color of tile through reglazing.

D.L. Boyd, 5905 Arbor St., Hyattsville; 301-773-6767; Specializes in plaster but also does tile repairs, including recaulking and regrouting.

Select Kitchen and Bath, 5217 Lonsdale Dr., Springfield; 703-866-4224; This company specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling but also does ceramic-tile repairs, including cracked tile and holes left by plumbing work. Also repairs grout, plaster, and drywall and can reattach loose cabinets. No tub refinishing.


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