Cleaning Brown Spots On Anodized Cookware & Graying Cookware
Q: I've got two questions on cleaning anodized cookware (calphalon to be exact). First is unfortunately I've got a electric cooktop...one of those halogen ones...(since my wife doesn't like gas stoves - afraid of starting them - don't ask)...and after using a skillet for the first time I got a nice brown splotch on the bottom....I tried commet, bon ami and nothing seems to get the stain out. What can I use...does durmond by calphalon really work? The second question, is one of the pots seems to be a lot grayer and duller after cleaning than the others...is it normal for them to fade, or maybe is it a bad skillet...it's the same one that got the brown spot... I'm probably being anal, since neither affects cooking and they are great pots for cooking...but I leave them out on a rack and would like them to look halfway clean...
A: Dormond seems to be like a polish for anodized. Comet is like, well, comet. Use this analogy when making your choices. I occasionally go the easy route and use ordinary dish soap (not automatic dishwasher) with Scotch Brite. Mostly, though, I use Comet or Ajax with Scotch Brite. Rinse, rinse, rinse, and rinse some more to remove comet residue and then hand dry immediately to remove that dull grey, which is water residue. For a spit and polish new look, use Dormond The Calphalon Cleaner for special occasions. You're not being anal. Cuz' if you don't clean that stuff off now, it will pretty much become part of the pan. I have some Calphalon knock offs that I had for 7 years, I wanted to clean them up before I gave them to a friend. Dear God, I used just about everything under my kitchen sink and many of the dark spots just wouldn't budge. Thats one reason I switched to Stainless Steel cookware.
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