I just bought my first few pot and pans "Calaphon" stainless steel trip-ply

I used my new 10" skillet tonight, and cooked pork chops. I heated the pan first, added olive oil, let it heat, then added chops. After I was done, cleaned it immediately under water, and noticed white cloud looking areas on the bottom of the skillet. They won’t wash or rub off

Do I need to return these? I did buy them for the look as well.

  • Most likely the same problem as here: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/10548/… – Pepi Jan 4 '15 at 4:58
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    Sounds like hard water issues to me, too ... so Pepi's link would be the right one to look at. (and 'white cloudy areas' sounds exactly like what I have ... I don't think it shows up as well in Pipi's images) – Joe Jan 4 '15 at 11:09
  • I put mine in the dishwasher and comes out perfect – Huangism Jan 19 '15 at 20:50
  • Vinegar, or citric acid soaks are the usual treatment for calcium carbonate deposits around here. Should take care of most sulphates too. – Wayfaring Stranger Apr 5 '16 at 21:29

Sprinkle the 'cleaned' dry pan with coarse salt - add any kind of inexpensive vinegar, just enough to wet the salt to a wet paste, scrub the pan with this paste with a paper towel for 30 seconds or so, using the salt as a mild "abrasive", while the vinegar dissolves the cloudiness. Rinse with water and dry. Voilá.

This is simpler and cheaper than using any kind of kitchen cleanser, and no toxic residue.

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If salt pastes do not work, a good option is BarKeepers Friend, the powder form is available in any hardware store for couple bucks. Its oxalic acid and work wonders for stainless steel.

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This guy:

Stainless scrubbing pad


Just clean stainless with stainless, you'll never look back.

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It's hard for me to believe the answer is mineral deposits. After one cooking and one wash, white cloudy marks on the inside bottom of a brand new pan, and in fact on all the pans and pots I used from this new set. And yet I have another stainless steel pan that I've had for years that has never accrued this mottled, unattractive staining. I think it must be a cheap quality of stainless steel, and maybe the fact that the tri-ply also has aluminum in it.

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