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
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 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
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 11:09
  • I put mine in the dishwasher and comes out perfect
    – Huangism
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 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. Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 21:29

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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.


This guy:

Stainless scrubbing pad


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


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.


This is kind of late but never use a stainless pad on polished stainless steal. Bon Ami will do it. You can find it nest to comet. It is non abrasive, you may also need to grab some Wenol. We used both at William Sonoma's kitchen. I've had my All Clad stainless tri ply for 22 years and they still have a mirror finish.

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    Hi and welcome to Seasoned Advice. This does not seem to answer the question directly. Can you edit your answer so it specifically addresses the issue of cloudiness? If you're saying that Bon Ami will remove the cloudiness, please make that explicit in the answer. Thanks!
    – verbose
    Commented Feb 20, 2021 at 6:26
  • Did you intend to post this as a comment on EmTee’s answer?
    – Sneftel
    Commented Feb 20, 2021 at 14:23

I had the same white cloudy film on bottom of ss pan. I just tried vinegar + salt paste (runny paste) and it worked beautifully! Didn't need to scrub, just wiped off the paste with paper towel voila- no film!


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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