Japanese lacquerware is made from the sap of the urushi tree. The sap, or lacquer, coats items such as boxes, containers or furniture with a smooth, coloured finish. The lacquer provides an extremely hard, durable finish that protects the item from water and wear while adding a glossy appearance. Japanese lacquerware requires special care and cleaning to keep it in top condition. Store the lacquerware properly and clean it occasionally to keep it looking its best.
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Things you need
- Soft, lint-free cloths
- Carnauba-based wax
Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with water, and wring it out.
Wipe the lacquerware thoroughly to remove any dirt, dust or fingerprints.
Dry the lacquerware with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Dip a soft cloth into a carnauba-based wax, and wipe the lacquerware with the cloth to apply a light layer of wax to the surface.
Buff the lacquerware with a clean part of the cloth to remove any excess wax and restore shine.
Tips and warnings
- Store Japanese lacquerware away from direct sunlight and fluctuating humidity and temperatures.
- Don't use furniture polish or oils on Japanese lacquerware.
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