My new skillet was in great shape. I seasoned it, I use wood utensils, and wash only with water and a brush. I oil it after with olive oil or coconut oi. My boyfriend burns potatoes, onions, and eggs every morning in the skillet. He doesn’t clean it for hours until I get home and clean it and oil it. I did season it when I bought it. Today I cleaned it and dried it with a paper towel but today the paper towel was black after wiping it several times. Is it ruined? What can I do if anything to restore it?

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    It is hard to kill cast iron. – paparazzo Sep 13 at 19:14
  • Cast iron is heavily discussed here. E.g. search for the Q "Cast iron pan has black residue on it". There were a few answers to that Q, so you should get some useful info there. The gist of the answers seemed to be that black residue isn't a huge big deal; worst case you could reseason the pan, but mostly just wipe it off if the black stuff bothers you, if there's a lot, you might have to wipe for a while, but it isn't poisonous. As Paparazzo says, it is hard to kill cast iron. Just don't have your bf soak it in water til you get home. But even if he did, it wouldn't kill it permanently. – Lorel C. Sep 13 at 20:03
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    Black on your towel is not any indication the skillet was ruined. It just has not been cleaned – Cynetta Sep 13 at 20:44
  • @LorelC. Thats an answer – bruglesco Sep 13 at 23:48

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