How to care for fine natural Urushi lacquerware


Our fine Urushi lacquer products are basically made from natural wood and natural Urushi lacquer. The worst things for the fine lacquerware are drying and heat shocks.

During the production process, Urushi lacquer hardens most at a humidity of 70- 80% (RH) and a temperature of 20-25 degrees Celsius (68-77 ° F). Therefore, the humidity is naturally good for Urushi lacquerware and also for the base wood.

Regular use is recommended as the moisture penetrates both the lacquer layer and the wood. Being used daily will maintain and extend the quality and life of your lacquerware.

Urushi lacquerware increases the brightness after use by giving moisture and repeating wiping with a soft cloth. This is the proof of the natural lacquer products and its reliability.

Be careful not to scratch fine Urushi lacquerware with ceramics or metals, Urushi layers are strong but not as hard as stone. To store your Urushi product, try to keep out of the direct sunlight. Urushi lacquer is vulnerable to UV radiation. UV light deteriorates the structure of Urushi lacquer.

Care instructions for lacquerware

  • Please Do NOT use the lacquerware in a dishwasher and dryer.
  • Please Do NOT use the lacquerware in a microwave oven.
  • Please Do NOT leave the lacquerware in a refrigerator for a long time.
  • Please Do NOT expose the lacquerware in the direct sunlight for a long time.
  • Urushi lacquer is a strong coating, so you can use for vinegar, alcohol or oil. However it is not recommended to keep those for storage.
  • Please wash by hand using lukewarm water with a soft sponge using liquid neutral detergents.
  • Please avoid using a scrub sponge or hard sponge that might scratch the surface.
  • Please wipe with a dry soft cloth after rinse.
  • Please Do NOT leave the lacquerware in water or keep containing water for a long time.
  • Please Do NOT stack lacquerwares on/under coarse or rough ceramics, it will damage the surface.
  • Please avoid using metal silverware directly on the Urushi surface.
  • In case if there are cracks or chips, please contact us for a repair. Water and liquids penetrate through those cracks and in the long run it will damage the coating and the lacquerware.
  • Urushi lacquerware does not like extreme drying, so if you do not use it for a long time, put a cup of water in the cupboard to prevent it from drying.

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