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Old 02-21-2017, 03:09 PM
MikeL MikeL is offline
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Default Cleaning enamel

I found a Le Creuset #30 skillet at a flea market today that needs cleaning pretty bad. I was wondering if oven cleaner will hurt the enamel. I read about it somewhere but I don't remember what it said and I can't find it again. Thanks
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Old 02-21-2017, 03:27 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning enamel

Yes, lye will make the enamel hazy. I just soak them in really hot water and Dawn dish soap for as long as it takes to loosen the crud. The hotter the better, boiling water works best.
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:03 PM
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I have had success with the following: add about 1/2 inch of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution to the pot/skillet with 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda (depending on size of the piece). Heat until a simmer is reached, let it simmer for about 10 minutes, then agitate with a scrub brush. I have also read that a drop or two of Dawn will help, but I'm not convinced.
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Old 02-22-2017, 08:13 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning enamel

I seem to recall that there are oven cleaners out there that don't have lye in them. I also recall they don't work for !@#$, but a quick search leads to this:

https://www.google.com/search?q=oven...utf-8&oe=utf-8

In case it helps...
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Old 02-22-2017, 09:00 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning enamel

You might want to try one of the 'Magic Cleaning Erasers'. I bought a pack of generic ones and used it on a white enameled skillet I have and it did a better job of cleaning the bottom of the skillet than anything else I tried.
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:53 AM
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Default Re: Cleaning enamel

You can get a pack of them from Amazon much cheaper than buying them at the grocery store. I use them on every pan as a sort of finishing-up step. Buying them through this site helps this site and doesn't add any cost to you.
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:49 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning enamel

Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I ended up using very hot water, Dawn, and a lot of elbow grease. I still need to clean a little more on the bottom. Thank again for the help. Here are some before and after picks.

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Old 02-27-2017, 08:53 PM
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Nice job, the enamel sure looks shiny.
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:17 PM
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Wow, very nice.
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:08 AM
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Love that red!
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