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Old 01-20-2019, 06:58 PM
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Default Crusty Le Crueset 24

My first attempt to clean is boiling water with dawn soap in the sink.
Do you really think all that crud will be loosened?

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Old 01-21-2019, 08:31 AM
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No noticeable improvement after 2 hours soaking in boiling soapy water. Going for round 2. Is there any danger of letting it soak in water even after the water has cooled? Can I leave it submerged overnight, it being iron and all?

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Old 01-21-2019, 11:08 AM
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I use Carbon Kleen to remove the organic matter from aluminum and enameled items. You can find it in some commercial kitchen warehouse stores. Don't leave it on for a long period of time though (enameled). It might dull the enamel.

Lye will take it off, but it WILL dull the enamel. You probably don't want to do that to a Le Creuset piece or any vintage piece.

In reference to your original question, it shouldn't matter about leaving it submerged. It is said that you can actually run enameled through a dishwasher (I wouldn't). Just make sure that there isn't any chips in the enamel.
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Old 01-22-2019, 11:58 AM
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Soaking it in Full-strength vinegar has no noticeable improvement. Looks like Diabloís Carbon Kleen it is.

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Old 01-23-2019, 03:38 PM
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Default Re: Crusty Le Crueset 24

If it were me Iíd throw it in my lye bath. It couldnít dull the original finish much more than the heat and abuse that sheís already been through.
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Old 02-01-2019, 09:03 AM
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There are signs of life. This is after soaking overnight in Heat ní Kleen
https://imgur.com/gallery/ERptfLt

The handle is starting to get dull.
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Old 02-01-2019, 02:20 PM
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There are signs of life. This is after soaking overnight in Heat ní Kleen

https://imgur.com/gallery/ERptfLt



The handle is starting to get dull.
I'm not familiar with that product. How did you heat the solution overnight? With Carbon Kleen, just brush it on, wait 15-20 minutes and rinse. Repeat of necessary.
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:34 PM
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Heat up the solution to 160 for 30-45 minutes. Let the pan sit in it overnight.

Heat n Kleen is used in the concessions industry to clean the popcorn maker.

This after round 2.

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Old 02-02-2019, 09:53 AM
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After some very careful scraping. Iím going to switch profession to either barnacle scraper or dentist.

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Old 02-02-2019, 11:43 AM
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After some very careful scraping. Iím going to switch profession to either barnacle scraper or dentist.



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So what are your rates for teeth cleaning lol. Great job in cleaning. It is about ready to use.
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