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Old 01-04-2007, 01:46 AM   #1
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Cleaning your AC SS

So my girlfriend bought me the All Clad Stainless 14 piece set for Christmas with the mirror finish on the outside. I used regular dawn to clean them yesterday for the first time and it left a hazy residue on the outside. My friend suggested using "Bar keepers friend" to clean them. Any ideas or experience?

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Old 01-04-2007, 01:56 AM   #2
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the only thing I can offer is Dawn, has alot of abrasives in it. It might have etched the finish on the item.


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Old 01-04-2007, 02:11 AM   #3
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What's is Bar keepers friend? How about using some white vinegar to remove the residue. Some products might damage the finish.
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I don't know specifically about AllClad, but several manufacturers of good stainless steel cookware recommend Bon Ami.
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Old 01-04-2007, 02:22 AM   #5
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What's is Bar keepers friend?
From what I gather, it is oxalic acid in powder form and it is only mildly abrasive.

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As for the haze I just went and rubbed the cookware under hot water with a towel for a couple of minutes and the mirror finish is back
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I don't know specifically about AllClad, but several manufacturers of good stainless steel cookware recommend Bon Ami.
Never heard of that, is it a liquid or a powder?
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Old 01-04-2007, 02:27 AM   #7
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Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent is NOT abrasive enough to cause damage to your SS cookware. Barkeeper's Friend is more abrasive - but it wouldn't harm your SS cookware, either. SS is a very hard metal.

The "haze" you noticed is probably just from minerals in the water - which will be amplified if you washed them in the dishwasher.

Wash your pots/pans again by hand with Dawn, rinse in hot water, let drain a few seconds, then wipe dry with a clean dish towel.

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LOL - we were typing at the same time! Bon Ami is a dry powder very similar to Bar Keepers Friend ... you can find them in the grocery store among the cleaning products like Comet, Ajax, etc.
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Old 01-04-2007, 02:31 AM   #8
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I dont wash these in the dishwasher even though it says they are safe, always by hand :). I just read on the all clad website that they recommend using bar keepers friend to clean SS.

As for water quality, your probably right, we have high copper and iron levels in water around here.
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I use Barkeepers Friend all the time, When I use it one metals, I make a paste of it with some water keeping it thick and it works great. I also use it to clean the porcelin sink it doesn't scratch and really cleans well.
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Old 01-04-2007, 03:03 AM   #10
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Wenol metal polish works absolutely wonderfully. You can get it at Williams Sonoma and although it's expensive in the U.S. (it's just sold in hardware stores over here), a single tube lasts forever. It also polishes most other metals -- brass, silver, copper ...

Every once in awhile I put various stainless steel items briefly in a fairly weak bleach, hot water, and dishwashing liquid solution. Admitedly, this works better for forks and knives than it does a bit pot, just because of the awkward size of a pot. This was suggested to me by my dad who's a chemist -- he used to do it periodically at home to get rid of tea stains on the spoons. Bleach is caustic, however, so again the emphasis is on brief -- a couple of minutes tops.
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