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Some of the testimonials below have appeared in our inbox unsolicited; they have arrived of their own accord from clients who have felt the need to express their thanks and gratitude.
"Ian Smith of I.S.French Polishing came to our house in order to repair a wooden floor that had been damaged by workmen redecorating the lounge. The damage was widespread and could only be carried out by a craftsman with specialist skills.
The firm involved in the redecoration accepted their responsibility and engaged Ian Smith to carry out the repairs. My wife and I were doubtful that the task could be done to restore the floor to it's "as new" state as required by our original contract with the building firm.
After two days' work we were delighted that the floor was once again as good as new and conveyed our 100% satisfaction. We are very grateful for the work that Ian Smith undertook."
Gregory | Maidstone, M£14.
"Ian's work is excellent - I doubt there are many people with his skills and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him . Ian refurbish our original mid-century dining chairs and side board. They now look immaculate and we are very pleased with the work undertaken. In addition to this Ian is totally reliable and friendly guy. I am sure we will be back in touch in the future."
Kathryn | London.
"I am writing to say how delighted I was with the polishing work you did for me recently. The old family table is like new again and I am very grateful for the devise you gave regarding the repair to the edging strip. The whole thing looks wonderful. My daughters and I were specially pleased with the restoration work and polishing of the farmhouse kitchen chair which has great sentimental value as it belonged to their grandmother. I know you went to a lot of trouble to dismantle it and re-set the legs and cross pieces so that it did not wobble.
If you ever have prospective clients who want to speak to somebody to verify the quality of your work, I should be only too pleased to confirm this."
"Just a quick letter to thank you for the work you carried out at our house last week. We are both extremely pleased with the results. The gouge in our wooden floor is now totally invisible and it is quite unbelievable how you have managed that.
We will have no hesitation in using you again (not too soon, I hope) or recommending your services."
Mark & Sarah | Bromley, Kent.
"I have used the French polishing services of Ian Smith on a couple of occasions in the last six months, and I was delighted with his professionalism, and ability to restore life and style to two tables in my possession. He understood exactly what was required, gave a reasonable estimate of cost and the time it would take, and delivered the articles back to me on the specified date and time. He displayed a genuine knowledge of his craft and a respect for the furniture, and I would have no hesitation whatsoever in using him again or recommending him to anyone who required high quality French polishing."
Diana Pinn | Kemerton Road, Beckenham, Kent.
"Sorry it has taken a while to come back to you with a reference. You completed a week long piece of work for us just before Christmas which involved sanding and re polishing the original wooden floors in the hall, lounge and kitchen and laying beading around edges. We were very pleased with the work that was done, you took a lot of care and attention in everything you did, and you were very careful and conscientious in keeping the dust and upheaval to a minimum In fact, you made the place spotless at the end of each day. We’d have no hesitation in recommending you to other people, you did an excellent job and clearly take pride in what you do. A real craftsman."
Tom | Lee, London, SE12.
"Mr Ian Smith has carried out a vast amount of renovations on wooden (oak) floors throughout the above property together with French polishing on a number of pieces of furniture, this work has been excellent on all aspects. I can thoroughly recommend Mr Smith and I shall certainly ask him to return to carry out further work."
B.S. Lilley | Lee, London SE12.
"We wanted our internal doors the same colour as the door frames and wood floor, Ian did this with absolute accuracy. He left no mess, completed the job in the agreed time and was always courteous, we’d definitely recommend Ian; Thanks again for you excellent work and good luck with the business."
Adrian | West Wickham
"I can thoroughly recommend Ian Smith as french polisher. He has restored a number of tables and chairs for me and the results have been excellent. Not only is the quality of his Workmanship very high but he is extremely diligent working continuously until he has finished. Ian has a quiet and pleasant personality and is utterly trustworthy. He tells you what the cost will be before he starts work and this does not change."
Mr. Collins | London, SE12
"I would like to thank you again for the fantastic job you’ve done for us. Our little desk is “back to life”, it really looks wonderful. I am sorry that my baby grand piano turned out to be such a tricky job but you’ve been absolutely brilliant! It is rare these days to meet someone who is so dedicated and prepared to do extra work in order to achieve the best possible results. We really appreciate all your efforts, you’ve been extremely professional, but also nice and friendly. I hope that the next job we come to you with will be more straight forward than the piano one! In the meantime, thanks once again and I wish you all the best."
"I am writing to say how delighted I was with the polishing work you did for me recently. The old family dining table is like new again and I am very grateful for the advice you gave regarding the repair to the edging strip. The whole thing looks wonderful."
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