Tableware Care Guide: Porcelain

Here we introduce some care tips for your porcelain tableware so that they can be enjoyed for a long time.

Characteristics of Porcelain
Compared to "ceramics" which are porous, "porcelain" is said to be hard, dense, and durable. The composition of raw materials and the high temperature at which they are fired also make porcelain resistant to water. KINTO uses porcelain as a material for many products, giving careful consideration to the balance between usability and aesthetics.

Care and Maintenance
▼Daily Care
Wash with a neutral dishwashing detergent and a soft sponge, making sure to dry thoroughly after washing. When using a dishwasher, please store in a way so that the dishes do not come into contact with each other.

▼Metal Marks
After use of metal utensils, gray marks may become noticeable on the surface of tableware. These are called metal marks, and they are caused by the friction between porcelain and metal. If the porcelain products have a clear glaze, these marks are not easily noticeable. In light color or matte glaze products , they may become more apparent. We recommend cleaning the traces of metal with citric acid.
[Steps to Clean Metal Marks]
1. Sprinkle citric acid on the metal marks and cover with a paper towel soaked in hot water.
2. After an hour or so, remove the paper towel and gently scrub with a melamine sponge.
*If the marks are still noticeable, cream cleansers such as Bar Keeper's Friend can also be used. Please rub gently with a wet cloth or soft sponge, since abrasive ingredients in the cleanser may cause scratches on the dishes if scrubbed excessively.

▼Removing Stains and Odors
We recommend soaking and washing with a solution of baking soda or oxygen bleach.
Unique Expressions of Porcelain
▼Variegated Glaze
The glaze is carefully applied by hand, one by one. As a result, there may be some variations in the texture and finish. We celebrate the subtly varying expressions among pieces as their charm and beauty.

Some products may take on scorched-like appearance on the surface due to a unique glaze effect called "yo-hen" in Japanese. Factors such as temperature and humidity affect the color transformations that appear on each piece after firing. If pieces are from different production runs, they may also take on slightly varying shades of color.
Some products intentionally use clay or glaze that is mixed with "teppun" or iron powder. It appears as black dots when fired and gives the products a depth of expression.

When using in a microwave, do not overheat or heat without water.

▼Oven and Direct Fire
Do not use in an oven or over a direct fire as it may cause products to crack and break.