Your stainless steel cookware is one of the most durable and finest cookware materials, so knowing how to take care of it ensures that your stainless steel cookware will last a long time.

A regular cleaning and seasoning routine is important for your cookware. Cleaning out tough stains maintains your cookwares smooth and presentable finish, while seasoning it to give it a non-stick surface prevents food from sticking and makes cleaning your cookware a lot easier.

Cleaning Routine

Clean out tough stains from crusted or built-up food. Soak your cookware for several hours (or overnight) in warm, soapy water. Drain the water and scrub with a scouring pad. Never use steel wool pads or copper-based scrubbers as these scratches the surface of your stainless cookware.

Clean out burn marks brought by heat damage. Make sure your pan is dry, sprinkle baking soda onto the surface and rub it with a dry cloth or sponge. You can also add water until you achieve a paste-like consistency. After rubbing it, rinse thoroughly.

You can also cook away serious burn marks. Fill the pan with enough water to cover the damage, bring water to a boil on the stove. Add a few spoonfuls of salt or lemon juice or vinegar when water is boiling, turn off the heat and let the pan sit for several hours. Dump the water and scrub away with a scouring pad. Repeat process as necessary.

Clean out water spots caused by mineral found in the water. To prevent water spots,  always dry your pans after you wash it. If they occur, swish some club soda or soak the pan in vinegar. Then clean as usual with detergent and cloth.