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Caring for Your Lacquer Ware

Without the convenience of modern chemicals, early artisans used harvested lacquer syrup as a protective coating to enable their crafts to withstand the forces of nature and time. The durability of a lacquer finish and its brilliant beauty have ensured that a traditional practice spanning thousands of years remains the choice of lacquer artisans today. Though the process dates back more than 20 centuries, the traditional style is still often chosen over contemporary preservation techniques.

Despite the fact that new lacquer is one of the most durable coatings around, it does require care to retain its renowned beauty. By following a few simple precautions, you should be able to enjoy the beauty of your lacquer ware for many years. Although each product is unique, here are a few general instructions to help you enjoy your purchase to its fullest.

  1. To get the most use out of your product, keep lacquer ware pieces out of direct sunlight and away from extreme heat. Ultraviolet light and extreme heat will fade the surface of the lacquer ware and allow fine cracks to form. Once light or heat damage has occurred, other deterioration can occur and the beauty and life-span of your piece will be reduced.
  2. Please do not use any chemicals to clean your lacquer ware pieces. (This includes popular glass cleaners). Instead, use a dry or damp cloth to gently wipe the surface. This should be performed routinely as dirt or moisture may build up if your product is used often.
  3. When using your lacquer ware with snack food items, you can clean with mild soap and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and dry immediately after cleaning. Do not soak or use hot water to clean your pieces. Nor should you serve hot foods or liquids in pieces finished with lacquer.
  4. Lacquer ware is susceptible to damage from very dry conditions or fluctuating humidity and appropriate care should be taken.
  5. To enhance and restore scratched or dulled pieces of lacquer ware that are not used for serving food, a light coat of paste wax may be applied.
  6. Enjoy your lacquer ware.

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