Re: How to remove oil stains?



I sympathise. I purchased a microwave/oven/grill with a stainless interior. On the first use I could see darkened areas that would not come off. I suspect cheap steel. Perhaps we could ask in alt.home.cleaning they have specialists who may be able to help. Can you explain 'ants' ?
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Strange, none of my stainless steel cookware has stains. I suggest wetting the surface with vinegar, sprinkle table salt over the stain, wait a minute, scrub, and rinse. If that doesn't work, I suspect you have an inferior pan. As an American I hate to admit it, but France cookware is generally good quality. My metal cookware is All-Clad.
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Phisherman wrote:

They help their nephew.

So-called "stainless" steel resists corrosion, but it all discolors, especially when heated, depending on what touches it. Martinsitic ss stains worse than austinitic ss.
Manufacturers pay to blacken their stainless steel because that's the way to make it truly stainless. So David has added value to his saucepan.

In France the best cookware blackens very quickly. I think McDonalds' cookware is too shiny, but that's where I go when I'm in Paris. Their Freedom Fries are the envy of every French chef.
Sincerely Choreboy
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Being a guy, when I get any plates or pans or such that need much cleaning I stick them on top of an ants nest for a week or so - the ants are very good at getting food bits off any cooking or serving stuff - saves me a lot of work.
David
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Mrs Bonk
are the stains on the outside exactly under the stains in the pan?
i suspect that may not be stains as such but overheated metal--if abasive scouring opowders did not take it off try teh vinegar soulution--the stains might be permanent--i think the temper of the metal has been changed--( reson is stains are alos ont eh outside of the pan)
jewlers use aa acid solution called pickel --see if you can get some if teh vinegar does not work ( i suspect it will not0
foogle jewlers suppy and serch for pickle ( very strong acids so be carefull--try a little on the outsie of the pan first
protect eyes and wear gloves
hth peter

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ilaboo wrote:

Jeweler's pickle is sulfuric acid or a strong solution of sodium bisulfate, a powder that functions as sulfuric anhydride. It is useful for silver and gold, but not especially for steel. For copper and brass, "bright dip", a 20% solution of commercial-grade hydrochloric acid (muriatic), is used. Stains on stainless steel are usually compounds of chromium. The chemistry is complicated. Abrasion is the best bet.
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To 'ilaboo' The pan is not mine I am the microwave. If I were the pan I would at least be able to soak or follow dear Phish's suggestion with the vinegar. Elbow grease, a Brillo and some Ajax no doubt. I don't want to ruin the inner surface of my new microwave but I detest stains and they have to go.
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Abrasion is the best bet.
that is exactly what i was thinking about
one other solution is to bring it to an auto engine rebuilding
set up and let them sandblast it
might dull teh finish but just might be worth the try--some use glass beads ratehr than silicon oide etc
hth peter
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..try the new Mr. Clean sponge. I had stains on my overhead stainless steel vent hood that wouldn't come out no matter what I tried until I tried that sponge...very little effort and in about 5 minutes it looked (and as continued to look), like new. You can find it at your local grocery in the kitchen cleaning section.
If nothing else, you're only out about $4 and it's certainly easier, (and safer), than some of the recommendations so far.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't believe we have these in our shops or maybe P&G sell them under a different name here. Perhaps I can purchase online and try one. For you lucky people in the USA while perusing the magic sponge site I found you a freebie that may be useful! http://www.startsampling.com/sm/5161/product.iphtml?itemQ61&source=hms If anyone applies for this lovely free gift don't forget to post back and let us all know what it works best at.
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I've tried the DUO, and it works well but it's alittle more expensive and a green scrub pad costs less and lasts longer. I still prefer the original Magic Eraser (which, btw is what I was originally referring to when I mentioned the Mr. Clean sponge...just so there's no confusion.).
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