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Cleaning Old Calphalon??

Posted by cciaffone (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 17, 05 at 12:37

I've accumulated several old (used) Commercial Cookware
saute pans (original Calphalon, I believe). Some have
really minor scratches and stains that have ben difficult
to remove using the usual methods. This stuff is NOT
non-stick, just plain old hard annodized aluminum cookware.
The stains cannot be "felt" -- they seem kinda part of the
patina. I've been trying soft-scrub cream and powdered
cleansers with a fiber-backed sponge with some success,
but I'd like to try something stronger.

Any ideas??



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RE: Cleaning Old Calphalon??

Chuck, there is a cleaner that Calphalon makes (or at least used to make) that may take off your stains. I have 20 year old Calphalon, so I know whereof you speak. The main thing to remember, is to clean the pan well before you put it back on the heat. Stains that are left on are being carbonized onto the metal when next the pan is heated up.

RE: Cleaning Old Calphalon??

I use SOS pads on my Calphalon.

RE: Cleaning Old Calphalon??

Hanart, it doesn't scratch them?

I've used the Dormond cleanser before but it's didn't do any better than Barkeeper's friend cleanser. Might be worth a try. I usually use barkeeper's friend. Whatever you do, don't soak it overnight with Comet, Ajax or similar. I did and it made gray, chalky spots inside the pots. Pot is still fine to use, just doesn't look so great on the inside.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dormond Calphalon Cleanser

RE: Cleaning Old Calphalon??

Carol, no. They're hard-anodized not nonstick.

RE: Cleaning Old Calphalon??


If you want to try something stronger try using a green scouring pad with BarKeeper's Friend. I have 20 year old Calphalon that still looks like new. Many of the small scratches you see are probably metal deposits from burners, cooking utensils, etc. because anodized aluminum is much harder than stainless steel, iron, or just about any other metal your cookware is likely to come in contact with. The green scouring pad and BarKeeper's Friend will usually remove these apparent scratches.

Good Luck,

RE: Cleaning Old Calphalon??

Thanks fer all the suggestions. But I gotta ask, just
what is a "green scouring pad," and why is "green"
so important? Are we talking steel, copper, vinyl,
sponge?? Somewhere else I noticed that a "ScotchBrite"
pad was recommended, but not any specific type.

When I looked for ScotchBrite online, I saw many, many
different types of pads, sponges, etc.

Any specific suggestions welcomed.

RE: Cleaning Old Calphalon??

I use Scotchbrite heavy duty scouring pads (the green ones!)and also the kind with a sponge on one side and the nylon scouring pad on the other.

Here is a link that might be useful: ScotchBrite Heavy Duty Scouring pads

RE: Cleaning Old Calphalon??

Souring pads are color coded. The green pads are synthetic and quite aggressive. The blue pads are are less aggressive.

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