Almost any collector you come across holds preserving and protecting their antique furniture as their biggest priority. For most people, regular cleaning, dusting and sometimes polishing their antique furniture woodwork is usually enough. However, depending on the material used and the age of the furniture, it may require a new coat of polish to make it stand out, all the while increasing its resistance. Expert craftsmen can perform French polishing as a means to preserve and protect antique furniture. An important component known as Shellac is found in the lacquer that not only enhances the appearance of different woods but also allows them to develop a mirror-like finish with an even tougher surface than before.