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“I get a lot of customers who are passing things along to their grandchildren,” says Richard Sisson of Chevy Chase Plating & Polishing. “We don’t really own these things; we’re just the keeper of them.”
Sisson is referring to priceless objects—Oriental rugs, oak grandfather clocks, silver wedding baskets—that often fall into disrepair as they’re passed down through generations.
Fortunately in Washington, with all of our fine museums, grand government buildings, and homes steeped in history, there has arisen a mini-industry of skilled repair professionals who can restore and preserve collectibles.
The 120 firms and individuals listed here can repair just about anything. They can take dents out of metal, rebind family Bibles, repair cracked ceramic vases, refinish leather, restore paintings, reweave infant christening gowns, and re-fuse broken mirrors.
Some craftspeople are called upon to repair objects more than a century old. Chris Nash at Nash Carpet One Floor & Home in Rockville recalls prying up the slats of a wood floor from a Civil War–era house when he came across a 1912 newspaper clipping that had been used as a water barrier.
“It was the front page from when the Titanic sank,” Nash says. “They didn’t throw things away back in those days; they used them for other things.”
Stained-glass conservators can re-lead a broken window. Pottery experts can restore an urn shattered into dozens of pieces—and leave behind no trace of cracks. Specialists in decorative finishes can hide water damage in wood.
Mary Landess of Restorations, a company based in Baltimore, warns against thinking of repairpeople as magicians, though. “It’s never going to look exactly like it was originally,” she says.
To Landess, a conservator is someone who strives to restore an item close to its original state while preserving the integrity of the original materials. Conservators—who are trained through classes or apprenticeships—bring an artistic mind and precise hand to their work.
The firms listed here received multiple recommendations from experts we surveyed, including architects, interior designers, repair- and craftspeople, museum curators, and owners of specialty and antiques shops.
Before hiring any home-repair contractor, it’s a good idea to do some homework. “Get references, check the Better Business Bureau, and have the person show you some of their other work,” says Donna McClain of Virginia Stained Glass Co. “We keep an album of what we’ve done.”
To keep precious items out of repair shops to begin with, experts suggest keeping objects out of direct sunlight, not dusting too much (that’s when items are most often broken), and—if you’re going to do a repair yourself—not using Krazy Glue, a glue gun, or cement. Elmer’s glue works best.
Antique Furniture and Decorations
For additional recommendations, see listings under Wood Furniture and Gilding.
Ayler’s Restoration, 4234 Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-897-9324. Restores antique furniture of all types but specializes in European pieces, particularly French.
Capital Antiques, 5122 MacArthur Blvd., NW; 202-966-4887. Restoration of antique furniture and art objects, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
F.C. Vogt Company, 1831 W. Broad St., Richmond; 804-358-1651; vogtconservation.com. Eighteenth-century expert Rick Vogt and his staff have conserved furniture belonging to past presidents, including Madison and Monroe. The company does a lot of work in the Washington area; pickup and delivery available.
Georgetown Refinishing and Antique Restoration, 625 Cady Dr., Fort Washington; 301-248-7680; georgetownrefinishing.com. Bill Schoenbauer, Philippe Huret, and their staff work on a wide range of furniture from 16th-century to modern.
Heritage Restorations, 4233-F Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-493-4458. Stephen Rice, who apprenticed with a master restorer in Paris, conserves fine antique finishes and does structural repairs for professional and private clients.
Nick Greer Antique Conservator, 37627 Allder School Rd., Purcellville; 540-338-6607. Specializes in museum-quality 18th-century furniture but also works on some earlier and later pieces. The National Gallery of Art and Dumbarton Oaks are clients. Greer comes to Washington on Fridays for pickups and deliveries.
Peter Gutterman Antique Restorations, Damascus; 301-253-4407. Gutterman and Frank McIntyre conserve wooden antiques and restore historic finishes.
Schuettinger Conservation Services, 17 North Alley, New Market; 301-865-3009. Bruce Schuettinger opened his company, formerly Antique Restorations, in 1983. He conserves wood furniture and artifacts from the 17th through 20th centuries.
Books, Paintings, Photos, and Other Works on Paper
Albro Conservation, Arlington; 703-892-6738. Thomas Albro is the retired head of book conservation at the Library of Congress. He restores rare books and offers classes in bookbinding.
BCR Bookbinding, 717 W. Broad St., Falls Church; 703-534-9181. Owner Benjamin Flores restores soft- and hardcover books, magazines, newspapers, and letters. He specializes in antique books and Bibles and will custom-design display boxes to put around them.
Cleveland Conservation of Art on Paper, Beltsville; 301-210-3731; conservationofpaper.com. Rachel-Ray Cleveland conserves fine art on paper and archival documents. She has worked for the CIA, the Smithsonian, and numerous rare library collections.
Conservation of Art on Paper, 6044 Old Telegraph Rd., Alexandria; 703-960-4410. Christine Smith conserves drawings, watercolor paintings, historic documents, rare posters, and other paper artifacts. No photographs or books.
Figaro Gallery, Stafford; 703-491-1000; figarogallery.com. Mark Parker will do anything from repairing a ripped canvas to general cleaning. He restores any kind of print, graphic, or oil painting and has worked on original Picassos and Rembrandts.
Ingrid Rose, Northwest DC; 202-364-0599. Rose, in business 25 years, is a conservator who repairs and revitalizes almost any type of work on paper—documents, newsprint, watercolors, prints, and photographic prints. No oil paintings.
Nishio Conservation Studio, 2428 17th St., NW; 202-234-0550; nishioconservationstudio.com. Conservation of Asian paintings and works on paper. Nishio has done work for major American and European museums as well as individuals.
The Old Print Gallery, 1220 31st St., NW; 202-965-1818; oldprintgallery.com. This shop not only sells prints and maps but conserves maps, prints, drawings, watercolors, and documents on loose paper.
Page Conservation, 1300 Seventh St., NW; 202-387-2979; pageconservation.com. This 26-year-old company restores paintings and murals in a wide range of styles. It takes on projects for major museums as well as private clients.
Angela Scott, 414 Seventh St., SE; 202-547-7945. Scott specializes in conservation of rare books as well as rebinding. She’s been in the field since 1976 and has done work for the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art.
Judith Tartt, Warrenton; 202-256-2787; art-care.com. Tartt, the painting conservator at the Kreeger Museum, has done work at the House of Representatives as well as for private collectors.
Alexandra Tice, Chevy Chase; 301-986-1296. Tice has been conserving oil paintings for 32 years and specializes in 18th- through early 20th-century works. She has worked on nearly all of the paintings at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Sarah S. Wagner, Silver Spring; 301-758-9997. Highly recommended by conservators at the Library of Congress, Wagner is an expert in the conservation of photographs. She does work for institutions such as the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran as well as for individuals.
Wimsatt & Associates Art Conservation Studio, 4230 Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-493-4250; artconservation.com. Justine Wimsatt and her staff restore paintings, murals, and painted sculpture. A gilding conservator on staff can restore frames.
Ceramic, Crystal, and Glass
Chaudron Glass & Mirror, 1801 Lovegrove St., Baltimore; 410-685-1568. Re-silvers old mirrors or gives new mirrors an antique look to match old frames. Hand-beveling and stone-wheel engraving available. Also repairs crystal and glass, including stained glass.
Glass and Crystal Restoration Center, 10 Overpond Ct., Potomac; 301-340-2624. Giovanni Nason was a glassmaker in Italy before coming to America. He can repair chipped glass and crystal and make shattered china look new. He also repairs mirrors, chandeliers, and ivory but doesn’t work on stained glass.
Mary Landess Restorations, Baltimore; 410-319-8684. Recommended by pottery shops in Annapolis and Baltimore, Mary Landess repairs china, porcelain, pottery, and some glass.
Virginia Stained Glass Co., 5250-E Port Royal Rd., Springfield; 703-425-4611; virginiastainedglass.com. Re-leads stained glass and replaces broken panels on windows, lamps, and other objects. Also offers classes in stained glass.
Zorella Restoration, Baltimore; 410-225-2141. Repairs pottery, including antiques, plus stained glass and crystal for antique dealers and private collectors.
Chandeliers, Lamps, and Shades
Annapolis Lighting, 71 Forest Plaza, Annapolis, 410-224-2565; 1616-A Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-231-4994; 6435 Dobbin Rd., Columbia, 410-964-4351; annapolislighting.com. This family-owned, 38-year-old company does all lighting repairs except welding.
Artisan Lamp, 3331 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-244-8900; artisanlamp.com. Repairs lamps, chandeliers, and light fixtures except for halogen. Restores antique lights and repairs silk shades. Limited on-site work and no regilding.
Bethesda Art Metal Works, 4955 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-1445. Young Kim specializes in decorative metal objects but also does chandelier repair and rewiring and metal plating.
Chevy Chase Plating & Polishing, 12131 Nebel St., Rockville; 301-230-7686; chevychaseplating.com. This repair shop for fine metals also fixes lamps and light fixtures, including rewiring and voltage conversion.
Crenshaw Lighting, 592 Paradise La., Floyd, Va.; 540-745-3900; crenshawlighting.com. This custom lighting manufacturer specializes in historic and very high-end chandeliers and fixtures. Clients send a photograph to determine whether the project is right for Crenshaw before the company sends someone from Floyd, near the North Carolina border.
David Toran Chandelier Services, Northwest DC; 202-328-9309; chandelierservices.com. Provides in-home maintenance, repair, rewiring, and restoration of fine metal and crystal chandeliers. Also does packing and transportation. Toran has worked for the Mayflower hotel and Kennedy Center.
Gaylord’s Lamps and Shades, 4620 Leland St., Chevy Chase; 301-986-9680; gaylordslampsandshades.com. In business since 1953, Gaylord’s not only builds new custom lamps but can repair, refinish, and rewire all types of lamps except halogen and chandeliers. Also relines, recovers, and trims shades. It recently added a woodworking shop to craft custom bases for lamps.
These shops make house calls for large clocks.
Clock Shop of Vienna, 109 Church St., NW, Vienna; 703-938-3990; clockshopofvienna.com. Restores the inner mechanisms of just about any kind of clock—except cuckoo and electric clocks.
Ecker’s Clock & Watch Shop, 8010 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-0549; eckersclocks.com. Offers the full gamut of clock repair.
Kensington Clock and Watch, 10426 Armory Ave., Kensington; 301-942-3794. In business since 1968, this shop can handle any clock, large or small—including watches. Some wood restoration.
Decorative Finishes: Faux Painting and More
Artistree Studios, 4903 Crowson Ave., Baltimore; 410-433-0554; artistreestudios.com. Restores decorative paint, stenciling, gold leaf, and other ornamentation on walls, floors, ceilings, and other surfaces. The firm has done work for Montpelier Mansion in Laurel and several area churches.
D.L. Boyd, 5905 Arbor St., Hyattsville; 301-773-6767; dlboyd.net. Specializes in plaster, including historic restorations and texturing. Also works on stucco and tile.
Lenore Winters Studio, 4911 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-6004. Does original decorative and faux painting on walls and furniture; can also disguise damage in wood, marble, and other materials.
Christopher’s, 2931-E Eskridge Rd., Fairfax; 800-787-5885; mychristophers.com. 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; parkwaydrycleaning.com. 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; accokeekfence.com.
Expert Fence, 6027 Farrington Ave., Alexandria; 703-751-3008; expertfence.com.
Long Fence, Capitol Heights, Ijamsville, Crofton, Chantilly; 800-917-5664; longfence.com.
Potomac Fences, 12411 Washington Ave., Rockville; 301-468-1228; potomacfence.com.
Brothers & Justice, 8453-R Tyco Rd., Vienna; 703-883-0644; brothersandjusticefloors.com. 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; elegantfloorservices.com. 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; mmfloors.com. 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; mastercarefloors.com. 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; nashfloors.com. 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; universalfloors.com. 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; goldleafstudios.com. 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; metroplating.com. 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; artconservation.com. This art-conservation studio has a gilding conservator who restores frames.
Flaherty Iron Works, 5416 Vine St., Alexandria; 703-971-7653; flahertyironworks.com. 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 Tune-Up, 14403 N. Slope St., Centreville, 703-502-3093; 600 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park, 410-647-5226; kitchentuneup.com. Specializes in cabinet restoration and refinishing.
Franco’s Italian Leather Design, 3762-A Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-962-0809; francoitalianleather.com. 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; metroleather.com. 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; linenconnection.com. 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.
Parkway Custom Drycleaning, 8402 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-3377; parkwaydrycleaning.com. 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; quiltdoctor.com. 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; giannettistudios.com. 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; mcmcinc.com. 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; ascoweb.com. 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; awesomemetals.com. 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; chevychaseplating.com. 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; flahertyironworks.com. 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; lawrencedmiller.com. 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; bethesdashadeandawning.com. 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; criterionrepair.com. A favorite among design experts, this company refinishes and repairs metal outdoor furniture and makes new cushions. Provides pickup and delivery ($100).
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; rugcare.com. Specializing in Oriental rug repair, Ayoub also cleans and repairs carpeting and cleans upholstery.
Christopher’s, 2931-E Eskridge Rd., Fairfax; 800-787-5885; outoutdamnspot.com. 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; georgetownfloorcoverings.com. 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; manoukianbros.com. 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; orientalcarpets.net. Since 1907, this company has specialized in the repair of handwoven Oriental rugs, especially antiques.
Nazarian Brothers, 7625 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-657-7723; nazarianbros.com. 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; hilgartner.com. “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; marblexinc.com. 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; serrastone.com. Stone repair, including cracking, unevenness, and deterioration on walls, walkways, and patios.
American Tub and Tile, 4949 Beech Rd., Temple Hills; 301-702-1969; bathhotline.com. 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; dlboyd.net. Specializes in plaster but also does tile repairs, including recaulking and regrouting.
Select Kitchen and Bath, 5217 Lonsdale Dr., Springfield; 703-866-4224; selectkitchenandbath.com. 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.
Upholstery Cleaning and Reupholstering
Bergerie Decorating Company, 3343 Prospect St., NW; 202-337-8727. A top choice among interior designers for reupholstering furniture.
Cannon Upholstery, 4901 Hampden La., Bethesda; 301-654-0090; cannonupholstery.com. Reupholstery of furniture and walls as well as repairs, frame regluing, and caning. Pickup and delivery available for a fee.
Christopher’s, 2931-E Eskridge Rd., Fairfax; 800-787-5885; outoutdamnspot.com. This company specializes in treating textiles to protect them from stains and wear but also does on-site upholstery cleaning and spot removal.
Dural Cleaning Fabric Specialists, 2408 Minnesota Ave., SE; 202-581-3800. Carpet and furniture cleaning in the Washington area for 48 years.
Georgetown Refinishing, 625 Cady Dr., Fort Washington; 202-333-3311. This furniture-refinishing shop also does reupholstery.
José Gonçalves & Sons, 4808 Lee Hwy., Arlington; 703-528-5272; arlingtoncountywebsite.com/josegoncalvesinteriors.htm. Specializes in reupholstering furniture, whether antique or contemporary. Has done work for the White House and private collectors all over the country.
Looney & Sons, 2839 Dorr Ave., Fairfax; 703-560-9104. This designer favorite reupholsters all types of furniture.
Parkway Custom Drycleaning, 8402 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-3377; parkwaydrycleaning.com. This longtime dry cleaner offers in-home upholstery cleaning and stain removal.
Wicker, Cane, and Rush
Cannon Upholstery, 4901 Hampden La., Bethesda; 301-654-0090; cannonupholstery.com. Does repairs, frame regluing, and caning. No wicker.
Morrison’s Chair Caning, 18740 Blue Violet La., Gaithersburg; 301-948-5130; morrisonschairs.com. This company can restore most types of woven chair seats. It’s been in business 30 years and will work on chairs or stools, antique to modern.
Raymond Burkett Quality Restorations, 715 Kennebec Ave., Takoma Park; 301-589-2658. Specializes in woven furniture, particularly caning and wicker. Does restoring, refinishing, and painting.
Wicker Place Antiques, 7305 Centreville Rd., Manassas; 703-361-8622. Donna Keller and Dennis Moon specialize in antique pieces but repair newer furniture, too. They reweave and restore wicker, cane, splint reed, bamboo, rattan, and rush furniture.
Willie’s Wicker Repair, 5812 Doris Dr., Alexandria; 703-379-1954. Willie Conley fixes any kind of woven furniture, including antiques and heirlooms. Also makes custom covers.
Windows and Doors
Schuettinger Conservation Services, 17 North Alley, New Market; 301-865-3009. This antiques-conservation shop restores historic wooden doors.
Stripping Workshop, 411 New York Ave., NE; 202-544-1470. In business 31 years, this is a good choice for refinishing wooden doors and windows as well as cast-iron radiators, heating grates, furniture, and mantles.
Window Pro, 12100 Baltimore Ave., Suite 4, Beltsville; 410-813-2275; thinkwindowpro.com. Repairs windows and doors, including screens and cracked glass, and repairs or replaces patio sliding doors and French doors. Specializes in hard-to-find parts.
Most of these companies work on antiques, but unlike the antique specialists listed at the beginning of this article, the following firms also work on newer furniture.
Barbara Adatte, Reston; 703-834-0762. Adatte, who has 30 years’ experience working with antiques, comes to your home to repair, clean, or wax wood furniture. She also repairs decorative porcelain.
Bergerie Decorating Company, 3343 Prospect St., NW; 202-337-8727. This highly praised Georgetown firm reupholsters and refinishes all types of furniture.
Carrison’s Restorations, 8494-F Signal Hill Rd., Manassas; 703-830-4044; carrisonsantiquerestoration.com. Repairs and restores wood furniture, including lacquer, varnish, and shellac finishes. This 26-year-old family-owned business also does brass polishing and painting.
Georgetown Refinishing, 625 Cady Dr., Fort Washington; 202-333-3311. Refinishes and repairs all wood furniture, new or antique. Recommended by local furniture and antiques stores.
Joseph’s Refinishing and Upholstery, 9176 Red Branch Rd., Columbia; 410-997-5550. Restores and repairs old and new furniture, particularly pieces damaged in fires and floods. Has worked for the Federal Reserve, National Gallery of Art, and British Embassy. This 22-year-old family-owned business also offers design and decorating services.
Stripping Workshop, 411 New York Ave., NE; 202-544-1470. Highly recommended for wood refinishing.