Originally Posted by Andy M.
Clean and dry the pan. If it rusts, you took off the seasoning - I think that's unlikely. If it doesn't rust, you're all set for the next meal.
Buy some wood/bamboo utensils. They last and don't melt or scratch.
+1 for wood/bamboo utensils. I either use a wooden spatula with my CI, or bamboo tongs.
I have used OXO's black tipped tongs before, but also noticed that the tips melted slightly. That's when I got the wooden spatula & tongs. The OXO tips prolly just melt and build up on itself .. I have not seen/eaten any hard black plastic bits in the food I have cooked in my CI.