By knowing how to clean aluminum cookware, you can add a valuable service to your list of options available to your house cleaning clients.
Aluminum cookware is very popular, due to its durability and resistance to wear. It does need to be properly maintained, but cleaning is very simple.
If cared for properly, aluminum pots and pans will last many, many years without discoloration or dullness. Just follow these tips.
Cooking acidic foods will brighten aluminum cookware naturally. Foods such as tomatoes, rhubarb, and apples have a high acid content.
For aluminum pots, fill them halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add one to two teaspoons of cream of tartar per quart. If cream of tartar is not available, two tablespoons of vinegar can be substituted. Continue boiling for ten minutes, then rinse and wash with a mild dish detergent and cloth or sponge. Dry the pot completely, and put it away.
How to clean aluminum double boilers, egg poachers, or steamers… Prevent discoloration by boiling water with either one quarter of a teaspoon of cream of tartar or one tablespoon of vinegar, for ten to fifteen minutes, then washing with a mild dish detergent and soft cloth or sponge. Dry and store.
When removing discoloration from the outside of aluminum cookware, avoid using steel wool if at all possible. This can scratch the surface. Instead, use silver polish or another non-abrasive, mild cleaner.
Burned on food or grease can be a bit more difficult. Start by soaking the bottom of the pan. Fill it with warm, soapy water, and let it stand for an hour or more, depending on how badly the food was burned. After soaking, scrape as much of the food out as possible.
Do not use a metal utensil, as this will scratch the pot or pan. Use something blunted, like a wooden spoon or plastic spatula. Clean using a cloth or sponge in warm soapy water. For particularly stubborn burnt on food, use a scrubber sponge or steel wool pad, as a last resort.
To remove lime scum or hard water stains from an aluminum tea kettle by filling with equal parts vinegar and water. Boil this for about ten minutes, then allow to stand for one hour. Clean and rinse as usual.
Baking soda and other abrasive cleaners should be avoided if at all possible. Not only will these scratch the aluminum, they will discolor it as well.
Do not clean aluminum when it is too hot to touch. Allow it to cool before attempting to wash it.Knowing how to clean aluminum cookware and proper use can prevent many issues before they start. This is important information for your own use, as well as offering services to your house cleaning business clients.
When stirring or removing food from the cookware, use plastic or wooden utensils to prevent scratches and scrapes. Always wash the cookware immediately after use, and be sure to dry it with a soft cloth, rather than allowing it to air dry.