Without the convenience of modern chemicals, the early artisans used harvested lacquer syrup as a protective coating to enable their crafts to withstand the forces of nature and time. Beauty combined with durability is one reason that the art of lacquer ware has been practiced for thousands of years. Though the process dates back more than 20 centuries, the traditional style is still often chosen over more modern preservation techniques.
Despite the fact that new lacquer is one of the most durable coatings around, it does require care to retain its beauty for many years. 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 get the most use out of your product:
Lacquer ware is used on many items which receive heavy ware such as furniture and kitchen ware. To get the most use out of your product, keep it 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 happen as well, and the beauty and life-span of your product will be reduced.Please do not use any chemicals to clean your lacquerware product. Instead, use a dry or damp cloth to gently wipe it down. This should be done routinely as dirt or moisture may build up if your product is used often. When using your lacquerware with food, you can clean with mild soap and warm water. Rinse and dry immediately after cleaning. Do not soak or use hot water to clean your product.
Your Lacquer product is susceptible to damage from very dry conditions or fluctuating humidity. A climate that is between 60% and 70 % humidity is recommended to ensure long life. When storing or using your product in a fully air-conditioned environment, it is best to lay your product flat and to place a weight on top.