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Offline NH-popper

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Cleaning carbon off stainless steel
« on: June 15, 2011, 08:21:14 AM »
I have a couple of stainless steel frying pans that have carbon staining on the bottom I just can't seem to get out.  Can I use electrolysis to clean them? I've tried scrubbing, soaking for days, using professional carbon removing solution, etc, etc. They're Farberware, I believe, or some similar brand.  Thanks!
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Re: Cleaning carbon off stainless steel
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2011, 04:45:34 PM »
Are you sure it's carbon? I know that our stainless pots and pans discolor due to the heat, but I've never had to deal with carbon on them before. And electrolysis won't remove carbon - it only removes conductive metals like iron oxide (rust.) We had good luck in removing carbon from cast iron using a lye bath - that stripped everything but the rust, which isn't a concern with stainless. You might want to do a bit of research before you use lye on stainless steel though - I don't know if the lye will harm the finish or otherwise react with the stainless or not. For really tough or baked on messes on our stainless cookware, we just use Barkeeper's Friend scouring powder and a stainless steel Choreboy scrubber.

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Re: Cleaning carbon off stainless steel
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2011, 05:15:13 PM »
On our stainless cook bottoms, plane-jane ole oven cleaner will usually work. Have also taken them down to the sandy bottomed creek at one favorite spot and scour with the sand right there in the creek. Also, for removing soap scum and certain stains an inhibited liquid phosphoric acid cleaner makes that stainless shine like new minted money!
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Re: Cleaning carbon off stainless steel
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2011, 05:51:51 PM »
Also agree "Bar Keepers Friend"powder makes our home sinks keep their good looks.
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Re: Cleaning carbon off stainless steel
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2011, 06:53:20 PM »
I've not tried it personally, but Barkeeper's friend has been recommended at work for use on stainless vault doors.
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