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Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500079
Wash promptly after use with hot, sudsy water, to avoid staining. The
Teflon finish is not harmed by dishwasher washing, but outside surfaces
of some utensils may be damaged, so follow label instructions for each
utensil. Remove stubborn spots with a plastic mesh pad.
Staining occurs from charring of food/grease residues in the pan. Dark,
widespread staining, the result of overheating and incomplete cleaning,
may lessen the effectiveness of the non-stick property. The non-stick
surface can be "renewed" and stains reduced or removed with commercial
stain removers or by the following home remedy: Mix two tablespoons of
baking soda and a half cup of liquid household bleach with one-two cups
of water, or enough solution in these proportions to about half fill
the pan. Simmer this solution for five minutes in the stained pan.
Remove from heat and check the pan surface. If the stain still remains,
repeat the treatment.
The solution will foam and if it boils over, it may stain the outside
of the pan. This solution is a strong oxidizing agent and will cause
some change in the color of Teflon, with dark colors becoming lighter.
This bleaching effect does not reduce the non-stick performance of the
pan. Do not substitute ingredients for the baking soda, household
bleach, or water. After the cleaning/stain removing treatment,
thoroughly wash, rinse, and dry the pan; then wipe it with cooking oil
to "condition" before using it again.
Should a white-spotted film appear it probably results from minerals in
the water and can be removed by saturating a soft cloth with lemon
juice or vinegar and rubbing over the finish. After wiping, wash the
pan, dry, and "condition" as you did when new.
This recommendation is ONLY for Teflon, not for other non-stick
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus,
with references from DuPont Corporation.
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