Keep Stainless Steel Cookware Looking Like New

Stainless Steel Cookset over stove top

If you’re anything like us, you love your stainless-steel cookware. Their durability, ability to resist rust and corrosion over time, and the way they evenly heat on a stovetop make them some of the most popular pieces in kitchens everywhere. Of course with their popularity and heavy usage, they can accumulate burnt-on food residue and other stains left over time. We’ve put together a few of the best ways you can use to keep your stainless-steel cookware clean and ready to use in no time.

Important Do’s & Don’t’s


Stainless steel is one of the easiest materials to clean and keep clean if done correctly. As with any kitchen cookware, there are a few things to keep in mind before any deep cleaning. Here are a few things to keep in mind before starting to clean your stainless steel:

  • DO make sure you read any instructions from the manufacturer to see if there are any suggested cleaning and upkeep tips.
  • DO allow your cookware to fully cool before starting the cleaning process as running cold water over a hot pan can cause the material to warp.
  • DO check if your cookware is dishwasher-safe or should be hand-washed.
  • DON’T use any highly abrasive cleaning tools like steel wool on your stainless steel as it will permanently damage the surface of your cookware.
  • DON’T use any harsh cleaners like oven cleaner or bleach on your stainless steel, these will also permanently damage the cookware.


Cleaning Time!


Once you have read any specific cleaning instructions and allowed your cookware to fully cool, if it was used recently, you can start the cleaning process. There are a few ways you can clean your stainless steel cookware so to get you started, here are our best cleaning methods:

  • Start by scrubbing the cookware with hot soapy water and a soft sponge to clear away any surface grime. (Tip: Be sure to do this thoroughly every time the cookware is used.)
  • Allow some hot, soapy water to soak into and loosen any burnt food build-up. For best results, boil the soap water.
  • Safely dump out the water and then scrap away any build-up with a durable spatula or even a wooden spoon. Repeat the process as needed.


This process is simple and should help you to stay on top of any grime that has burnt onto the stainless steel. However, there can be situations that call for more in-depth and abrasive cleaning. To tackle any stubborn build-up and for a deeper clean, here are a few extra steps you can use to clean:

  • If there is food build-up that cannot be removed by scraping, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda to the water before boiling.
  • Bring the baking soda and water solution to a boil, and allow the water to boil until most of the water has evaporated.
  • Allow the cookware to cool and then use a sponge or spatula to remove the remaining build-up.
  • For an even deeper clean, consider using a product like Bar Keeper’s Friend to clean the cookware according to the instructions.


Treating Stains & Discoloration


Now that the surface of your stainless steel cookware is clean and grime-free, you may notice a few stains or rainbow-colored discoloration. This discoloration is usually made when the cookware overheats and is nothing to be overly concerned about as it can be removed fairly easily. Here are our go-to methods for removing stains and discoloration:

  • To remove the rainbow discoloration, grab some regular household vinegar. Wash the cookware as you would normally with the vinegar and a sponge. Follow this by rinsing the cookware and allowing it to dry before checking that the discoloration is fully gone. If it has not, repeat the process.
  • If there are visible hard-water stains or residues, simply mix together a 3-to-1 ratio of water and vinegar and bring this solution to a boil. Allow the mix to fully cool and clean the cookware with regular soap and water.
  • To spot clean any hard water stains, use a wet sponge and a small amount of baking soda to wipe the cookware.


Final tips & Tricks



Your stainless steel should now be clean and shining brand new. In order to keep them looking and cooking their best, here are a few suggestions for general use and upkeep between deep cleans:

  • Allow any meat or cold food to thaw to room temperature before cooking them in your stainless steel as cold foods stick to the surface more easily.
  • Add oil to the cookware and allow it to heat up before cooking in order to avoid any food from sticking.
  • Do not add salt to boiling water. This will create corrosion called pitting and will cause permanent damage to the bottom of your cookware.
  • Water stains can best be prevented by drying the cookware immediately after cleaning it.


If you’re occupied with making sure your cookware stays looking good and need some help making sure your home does too, call us! You can contact Cleanzen Denver, CO for many of your house cleaning needs. We look forward to hearing from you!


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