How to Restore Discoloration on Stainless Steel Cookware

How to Restore Discoloration on Stainless Steel Cookware

Cooking on high heat can cause brown or blue stains on stainless steel cookware.  Burnt food, if not removed, also cause the stains when the pot or pan is reheated.  Mineral solids in water, over time will leave water stains on stainless cookware as well.  Bar Keepers Friend and white vinegar are often used to restore the discoloration from stainless steel cookware.

Bar Keepers Friend

Bar Keepers Friend (BKF) is a premium cleanser that works without chlorine bleach which can be used on stainless steel.  BKF can be purchased online or at local stores at the household cleaning aisle and can be found in either liquid or powder. 
  • Make sure the cookware surface is wet before applying BKF onto the surface then lightly rub in circulation with a wet soft cloth where the stains present.  If using powder BKF, sometimes it's a good idea to mix the powder with water to turn it into a paste form before rubbing in order to remove stubborn stains.  Also, leaving BKF on the wet cookware surface for a while before rubbing would make the stains gone off easily. 
  • When the stains are disappeared, rinse the cookware through warm water and wash it with soap to wash off all chemical residues. 
  • Finally, rinse the cookware thoroughly with hot water and use dry clean towel to wipe it completely.

  • How to Restore Discoloration on Stainless Steel Cookware

White vinegar
  • Fill the discolored stainless steel cookware with one cup of vinegar and add water as needed to cover the stains. 
  • Boil the vinegar water mixture for about five minutes then allow it to cool down completely. 
  • Wash stainless steel cookware with soap and hot water using a soft dish wash cloth or a nonabrasive pad. 
  • When done cleaning, rinse the stainless steel cookware thoroughly with hot water and dry it completely with a clean towel.
Best of all, in order to avoid discoloration, remember not to put stainless steel pots and pans over high heat.  It is recommended once the pots and pans are hot after preheating, maintain medium or medium-low for cooking.  Clean pots and pans after each use and wipe it with dry clean towels would certainly help the cookware remain spotless.

Do you have any other tips in removing the discoloration?  We appreciate your comments and suggestions.