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Take Care of Genuine Lacquerware



There is nothing special about lacquerware. Wash it as you would a glass cup or a pottery plate, using warm water, a little dish detergent and a sponge. Wash it with a dish scrubber made of acrylic yarn and there is no need for dish soap. This technique is gentle on the environment.
Hard items like glass and objects with sharp ends can cause the lacquer to be damaged. When washing up, be sure to keep the lacquer separate from the other dishes. Use a cotton cloth or towel to wipe the lacquerware dry after washing. If water drops are left to dry naturally, the minerals contained in the water may leave white marks on the dishes. Lacquerware is dark in color so these white marks can be very noticeable.
Avoid washing lacquerware in a dishwasher or drying machine. Sudden impacts and dry air can cause the lacquer finish and underlying wood to be damaged. Do not put lacquerware in a microwave oven. Lacquer is at its hardest at 70-80% humidity, with a room temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. A dry environment is the worst thing for a piece of lacquerware. Using the pieces every day means washing them every day, and this helps to maintain the necessary moisture they need, and it is in fact a form of maintenance.

If a piece of lacquerware gets chipped or damaged, it can be repaired if it is made with a strong wood core and has suitable undercoatings. Lacquerware is meant to be repaired and used over many years, as a tool for daily life. For repairs, contact the shop that made the piece, or the shop that sold the piece to you.