Cleaning Teflon Surfaces

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 26, 2012)

Teflon covering, which is the nonstick part of nonstick pots and pans, are one of the more popular choices among cookware in the United States. After all, this stuff is supposed to be long lasting, easy to clean, and easy to maintain. However, if the proper steps aren't taken when cleaning Teflon surfaces you can easily find yourself damaging your pots and pans.

  1. Degrease the item. Considering that greasy pots and pans are some of the most difficult to clean, even with a Teflon coating, it only makes sense that you should learn how to handle this mess. The easiest way is by pouring 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the pot or pan, and then filling up the rest of the item with water. Bring the mixture to a boil for about five minutes, and then dump it all out into the sink. This will remove most of the grease from the pan as well as prepare it for you to clean.
  2. Wash and scrub. Wash your pot or pan as you normally would, using some warm water and your favorite degreasing soap. The degreasing soap will help you to remove any lingering grease, and as long as the water isn't too hot you should have an easy time of getting everything clean. When you do wash the pot or pan, use a nylon scrubbie to help you out. If you use things like Brillo pads, or similar cleaning pads, you may end up scratching and damaging the surface.
  3. Rinse. Use some warm water, and rinse off the soap residue and any other items that may be stuck on the pot or pan. As you do this, you may want to also "scrub" the item with a washcloth to help you out.
  4. Inspect. Once you have finished rinsing off the pot, pan, or skillet, you may want to inspect your work. This will allow you to ensure that you have completely removed all traces of old dirt, grim, or food products that may have been stuck on it. If you haven't removed everything, then you may need to repeat the cleaning process again. In fact, repeat the process as many times as necessary to ensure that you get your Teflon pot, pan, or skillet nice and clean.

As you can see, if you followed the directions carefully you will be able to get your Teflon surfaces nice and clean. Just remember that you need to be careful, or you will find yourself needing new pots and pans. Best of all, most of what you need to clean your Teflon surfaces you should already have in the house.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Cooking Bacon without the Grease Splatter

Bacon is a great tasting, and long standing favorite, food item. What isn't all that well liked is the grease and spatter ...

Discover More

Closet Organization Systems

Closet organization systems don't necessarily need to be some formal piece of equipment—though those can indeed help. ...

Discover More

Dealing with Leather Stained White Socks

If you like to wear boots, work boots, or even steel toed work boots then you know just how quickly your white socks can ...

Discover More

The Power of Microfiber! Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths will become your favorite tool for every cleaning task. This 36-cloth package is perfect for hundreds of uses in the garage, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and all around the house. Each cloth is tough, streak-free, lint-free, reusable, and washable. Check out Microfiber Cleaning Cloths today!

More Cleaning Tips

Kitchen Cleaning

Cleaning your kitchen can be a very overwhelming thing, but it needn't be. After all, with all the different types of ...

Discover More

Counteract Kitchen Stains with Bleach

Sometimes stains can penetrate the surface of a counter. In this case, you can use bleach-soaked paper towels to penetrate ...

Discover More

Kitchen Cleaner

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen area each day. It is vital that this room is kept clean by using the proper kitchen ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 0 + 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.