How to Clean Your All-Clad Cookware

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How to Clean Your All-Clad Cookware

All-Clad cookware is a top brand in the United States. The pots and pans are made from stainless steel, copper, or aluminum coating over stainless steel. They aren’t high maintenance, but they do need to be cleaned properly so that they last for a long time and keep that shiny look. In this article, we will be taking a look at how to clean your All-Clad cookware for the best results.

Is All-Clad Cookware Dishwasher Safe?

The company recommends that you put your cookware in the dishwasher when you receive it to wash away any residues created during the manufacturing process. However, there are some guidelines you should follow. Don’t let the pans stay in the dishwasher until the drying cycle as this can still leave residue on the surfaces. Instead, take them out after the washing cycle and dry them with a clean piece of cloth. You can put in rinse-aid for the final rinse. It stops the water from forming any spots and your cookware comes out squeaky clean.

However, apart from the first time, it is best to wash your pots and pans by hand. Copper and brushed aluminum can tarnish in the dishwasher. If you wash stainless steel in the dishwasher, the detergent and the high heat can cause the non-stick surface to dry out. This can stop the surface from being non-stick.

The Cop-R-Chef line has a stainless steel interior, a solid aluminum coat, and a copper exterior. This range is not dishwasher safe and it is highly likely that your pans will corrode. The excess humidity and the detergent react with the metal so causing tarnishing.

The pans in the Master-Chef line have a brushed aluminum exterior and non-stick interior. The aluminum will fade, and the non-stick surface won’t remain non-stick if you put them in the dishwasher.

If you do decide to wash your All-Clad pans in the dishwasher, these are the rules you should follow: –

  • Use either a silicone or wooden spatula to remove any pieces of food which are stuck to the pan. Do this while the pan is still warm as it is easier to remove the food then.
  • Get a long-handled dish brush, a mild detergent, and warm water to remove smaller bits that have stuck to the pan.
  • Rinse the pan in hot water. This should remove any excess cooking oil.
  • In the dishwasher, put in a mild detergent without any chlorides, phosphates, or chlorine.
  • Put a quarter-cup of Borax in the bottom of your dishwasher and then run the cycle. Borax stops your pans from streaking and spotting.

Despite saying all this, try and wash your All-Clad cookware by hand as much as possible.

Hand Washing of All-Clad Cookware

As we have said, it is best to handwash All-Clad pots and pans. In fact, you should wash your cookware as soon as possible after use. Here is a step-by-step guide: –

  • Collect the tools you will need. These are a non-abrasive sponge, natural dish detergent, and hot water. Don’t use steel wool, a steel scouring pad, detergents with chloride, or oven cleaner as these will destroy the surface of your pans.
  • Let your cookware cool down. Don’t place the pans straight into hot water as they could warp.
  • Once your pots and pans are cold, place a little hot water in them so that you can get rid of excess grease.
  • After you have poured the water and grease down the sink, put in some hot water and detergent and leave for around 10 minutes.
  • With a non-abrasive sponge, scrape the surface of the pans.
  • Once the leftover food and grease have been removed, rinse with warm water and dry with a clean cloth.

Cleaning Burnt Particles and Stubborn Stains from Stainless Steel All-Clad Cookware

If you end up with stains on your All-Clad cookware, you will need to go through a longer process to clean your pots and pans correctly. If you don’t, the stains on the surface can do damage. Such stains can be created by hard water, overheating, or from stuck-on food. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove stubborn stains.

  • Get together a woven plastic scrubber, All-Clad cleaner, polish, and hot water.
  • The first thing to do is to cover the stains with hot water and bring the pan to a boil. 
  • Once it reaches boiling point, drain away most of the water, leaving about half a cup full.
  •  Get your stainless steel cleaner and sprinkle enough into the pan to make a thick paste. Leave for about a quarter of an hour to soak.
  • At the end of this time, use the scrubber to scrub the stubborn stains off your pan. It is a good idea to wear gloves to do this as you may be allergic to the cleaner.
  • Finally, use hot water to rinse off your pan.
  • Dry immediately.

Cleaning Burnt Residues on All-Clad Pans

All is not lost if you have burnt your pan. There are remedies even if your pan is scorched. Here is a step-by-step guide to solving this problem.

  • Cover the surface of your pan with water mixed with baking soda or cream of tartar. An alternative is a powerful vinegar, but it does smell awful. Remember to keep your kitchen ventilated. You need to put in enough liquid to reach the places which have been burnt.
  • Bring the pan to boiling point and then simmer for a minimum of half an hour.
  • Pour away the liquid and rinse with hot water.
  • Use a brush or non-abrasive sponge to clean the pan. You should find that the burnt residue now comes off easily. If it doesn’t, repeat the process.

Removing Stains from Steel Pans

If you find that you have brown spots on your All-Clad stainless steel pans, don’t worry as it’s not too difficult to remove the film and grime and bring back the shiny luster of your pans.

  • Scrub the pan with hot soapy water for a few minutes. It’s best to wear gloves to do this otherwise your hands might burn or react to the detergent.
  • Rinse the pan and then dry with a lint-free towel.
  • Sprinkle flour into the dry pan and use another lint-free towel to buff the flour over the surface.
  • Rinse again and dry thoroughly.

Heat Tint on All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware

You might begin to worry if you see a rainbow-colored stain on your stainless steel All-Clad pan, but it is not the end of the world. The rainbow stain which you might find is called a heat tint. So, what is the reason for this happening? Well, stainless steel contains some chromium which helps it to resist rusting and corrosion. However, when chromium and air mix together, a protective layer is formed on your pan. This just means that when the steel is heated to high temperatures it produces an oxidated layer which in turn forms the heat tint.

The heat tint does not affect the performance of the pan, but you might not like the look of it. If so, make a paste with All-Clad cleaner and water and scrub the stain with a non-abrasive sponge. An alternative way of cleaning is to put in some white vinegar mixed with water and then use a non-abrasive sponge to clean it away. Either way, it will only take a few minutes of your time.

How to Clean Stainless Steel Pans

It isn’t difficult to remove stains from stainless steel pans. All you have to do is wash your pan with vinegar and rinse with warm water. This removes all signs of discoloration.

You may have some white calcium build-up stains on your pan. This too isn’t that difficult to get rid of. All you have to do is mix up one-part vinegar to three parts water, put it into the pan, and then bring to the boil. When it has boiled, leave the pan to cool and then rinse out.

For a normal clean, scrape out any oil which is left in the pan with a spatula or a piece of paper towel. To deglaze the pan, add some hot water. A dish brush is handy if you need to remove browned bits of food from the pan.

It is best to clean a hot pan with hot water. If you submerge it in cold water while it is still hot it can cause damage like warping. Sudden temperature changes can cause more problems than you want.

If you want to remove stubborn stains from stainless steel pans you will need more than a gentle detergent. Baking soda is one of the best things that you can use to remove stains, grease, and caked-on food. Be generous with the baking soda. It won’t cause any harm. Make a mixture with the baking soda and water and let it sit for a few minutes. Then scrub it off. If the stains are still there, repeat the process or leave the pan to sit overnight. Don’t use oven cleaner as it is too powerful and can remove the non-stick surface.

You may have bigger and tougher stains that even climb up the sides of your pan. If so, then it is time for some drastic action. Put in some baking powder and add ¼ cup of water. Bring this to the boil and let the water evaporate. As it does this, it will leave a film of baking powder over the pan. This you can just wipe off and then rinse your pan with hot water. You will probably have to wear gloves as the water will be hot.

If you have a lot of stains it is a good idea to put hot water and baking powder up to the top of the sides. Boil and you will see the stains disappear.

It’s best to remove stains as soon as possible after cooking. When you have had your meal, the first thing you should do is clean your pan.

Is All-Clad Cookware Oven-Safe?

All-Clad cookware is oven-safe up to 500F. The non-stick cookware is not broiler-safe but is oven safe. The rest of the pots and pans are broiler-safe.

How Do I Polish my All-Clad Cookware Pieces?

The best way not to get fingerprints on your All-Clad cookware is to handle it with gloves or a cloth. However, this may not always be convenient so you may need to remove fingerprints. To do this you should use a stainless steel polish. It is better if you use an environmentally friendly product such as one that is plant-based.

Spray a little of the polish on the pan and use a microfiber cloth to wipe over the surface until it is clean and shiny.

To restore your All-Clad cookware that has a copper exterior, you will need to polish it every couple of months with a special copper cleaner.

If you polish your cookware your kitchen will look beautiful and give other people a positive impression.

Final Thoughts

If you follow our instructions, it won’t be too difficult to keep your All-Clad cookware shiny and clean. All-Clad is an excellent brand which produces durable and tough cookware, but it does need to be cleaned properly. If you do, you can expect to have your pots and pans for many years and you won’t have to keep replacing stained cookware. You also won’t be disappointed by the results of cleaning the wrong way.  You will have many happy years  eating delicious dishes cooked in All-Clad cookware.

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