How well fine furniture shines is determined by how much effort one has put into it. If one has a highly figured burr or even a piece of timber that is likely to use a high quality of shine, this means that the cleaner will have to put the surface into it. The quality of the timber figuring is what determines the kind of shine that is required to be used. There however some species of timber that do not demand too much polishing and therefore they really make work quite easier.

One of such is the ebony, which appears almost like plastic whenever it is intensely polished. A surface that has been highly polished will always appear quite confusing because of the reflection it creates. The reflection can make one not see the surface clearly, because the surface reflects back the image of a person. To curb this one should put marks on the surface. This can be done by putting fine marks on the surface.