1. About KINTO
KINTO is a Japanese brand that develops coffeeware, teaware, tableware, and lifestyle accessories valuing the balance between usability and aesthetics. Learn more in our ABOUT page.
2. Product care & maintenance
- Two of the same product do not look identical, is this a flaw?
Variations may occur in product shape, color, and texture due to the nature of the material and manufacturing process. We celebrate subtly varying expressions among different pieces as their charm and beauty.
- How do I care for porcelain items?
KINTO's porcelain products are dishwasher and microwave safe. For long use, please handle with care. When using in the microwave, do not overheat or heat without water. Avoid using abrasive cleansers or steel wool when washing by hand.
- What is meant by variation in glaze?
Depending on the type of glaze, products may take on varieagated texture on the surface. This is a unique effect called yo-hen in Japanese, and it is a color transformation that appears on the porcelain after firing in the kiln. If pieces are from different production runs, they may also take on slightly varying shades of color.
- What causes gray marks on my tableware?
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 clear glaze, these marks are not easily noticeable. In light color or matte glaze products, they may become more apparent.
The marks are traces of metal that can be removed. We recommend using a soft cleanser and gently rubbing with a wet cloth or sponge.
- How do I care for glassware items?
KINTO's glassware products are dishwasher safe. For long use, please handle with care. Avoid using abrasive cleansers or steel wool when washing by hand. While the glass is hot, do not pour cold liquids into it and do not place it on a wet cloth or a wet surface. Sudden temperature change may break or shatter the product.
If the product is made of heat-resistant glass, it is also microwave safe. When using in the microwave, do not overheat or heat without water.
- If there are small bubbles in the glassware, is it a defect?
No, due to characteristics of the material and manufacturing process, some glassware may contain tiny air bubbles and dots. However, they do not affect the quality of the product.
- What does "maximum temperature differential" mean?
With KINTO's heat-resistant glassware, we note that the "maximum temperature differential" is 120°C/248°F. This means that when the glass is cooled or heated rapidly, it can tolerate without breaking if the sudden temperature change is within the range of 120°C/248°F. This does not mean that 120°C/248°F is the maximum temperature limit.
- Can glass teapots be heated on direct fire?
Glass teapots cannot be used on direct fire. However, UNITEA one touch teapot can be used with tea light candles.
- How do I care for wooden items?
KINTO's products made of wood are not recommended for the dishwasher. After use, please clean the surface of the product with dry or tightly wrung out dishcloth. Avoid direct sunlight, dry well after use and store in a dry place. Do not soak in water or place near open flames.
Due to the characteristic of natural wood, there may be variances in the color and grain patterns.
- How do I care for plastic items?
KINTO's products made of plastic are dishwasher safe. They are not recommended for the microwave. When putting in the dishwasher, please store it in the upper basket to avoid force and weight applied to it. Avoid using abrasive cleansers or steel wool when washing by hand. Do not place near open flames.
Some products may have thin lines on the surface, or slight roughness on the surface due to steps in the manufacturing process such as molding and polishing.
All of KINTO's products are BPA free.
7. Stainless steel
- How do I care for stainless steel items?
KINTO's vacuum insulated stainless steel tumblers are not safe for use in the microwave, oven, or dishwasher as it may affect the insulation technology. We recommend hand washing.
For other stainless steel products, they are dishwasher safe. They are not safe for use in the microwave.
Avoid using abrasive cleansers or steel wool when washing by hand. To prevent rust, we recommend washing and drying well after use. Store it away from other metals.
- Are there drinks that are not suitable for my vacuum insulated tumbler?
Please do not put in dry ice or carbonated beverage as the product may expand and break. You can use it with dairy products, fruit juices, and sports drinks but we recommend not leaving the drink inside for too long as it may spoil or cause rust on tumbler.
- Can I use bleach to clean my vacuum insulated tumbler?
Please avoid using chlorine bleach as it may cause rust. In the case you find rust-like spots inside the tumbler, we recommend the following steps to clean:
- Fill the tumbler with warm water and citric acid in the ratio of 10:1,
- Wash with a soft sponge after soaking for 2-3 hours,
- Rinse well.
- Can I heat my POUR OVER KETTLE on an induction cooktop?
KINTO's POUR OVER KETTLE are not induction compatible due to the size of the bottom diameter. The kettle has a bottom diameter of 90mm, and this does not meet the base diameter of standard induction cooktops. The kettle can be used on direct fire. Please remember to adjust the flame so that it does not heat the handle.