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HELP!! I scorched my Le Creuset...

Please offer advice.
I scorched the inside of my LC pot (olive oil at too high temperature and LC unattended for a minute or so). Is there a gentle way to remove the discoloration? We've applied elbow grease, of course, but to no affect. By the way, the discoloration covers an area of perhaps five inches by three inches - not the entire bottom. Many thanks, in advance, for your help.

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  1. sorry, lifespan!

    le creuset has cleaning info on their site. i also recall a thread here on chowhound. laundry detergent is featured, as i recall.

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    1. Boiling water with a little bleach in will often work. I've also found that a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works well for cleaning up Le Creuset enamel as well.

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      1. re: flyingpostman

        I would use the bleach as a last resort as it's alkaline and can permanently etch the enamel. LC even took it's use recommendation off their website. I would try their LC cleaner first. You can search for the thread about using the Tide enyzme detergent which LC recommends. You might try a little baking soda, or Bar Keepers friend used very lightly. You don't want to rough up the enamel so be gentle. Many solutions here. Do a search. Good luck!

      2. lifespan, not a specific solution to suggest, but I just wanted to let you know that I've had reason to correspond (via email) with Le Creuset's customer service department several times during the last few weeks. (I wanted to register my new pieces, but the site link wouldn't work for me.)

        I have found their representatives to be *extremely* helpful and quick to respond to my emails. If you feel you might like to ask them about the best way to tackle this with minimal risk of ruining the finish, the addy is cservice@lecreuset.com. I don't know if they're there over the weekend, but when I've written to them on weeknights, I've always received a response by the following morning.

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        1. re: Normandie

          You have to register them? If I break mine and they're not registered, are they not covered?

          1. re: Soop

            i've never registered mine either? is it too late most areabout 1.5 yrs old

        2. I don't have a LC pot, but I have two enameled dutch ovens. Actually, I have only one. I threw the other one away and the reason I threw it away is because I destroy the interior enamel with blench solution. I cleaned it with baking soda and vinegar, but I was obsessed with a perfect white interior and proceed to use blench. Then, I destroy, so... there you go.

          By the way, soaking your pot with baking soda solution and vinegar solution should clean up most stuffs.

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          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Thanks to all for the helpful information. I am the sort who likes to gather information and then "think about it," prior to acting. And so, instead of applying any of the several remedies suggested here (and elsewhere), I cooked in the pot again. I believe that "pitting" the enamel is a fate worse than staining. It appears that even white vinegar can pit enamel... I have resolved to purchase the LC cleaner, give it a try, and perhaps try another thing or two. But if none of the remedies work, I will leave the pot alone. Thinking of my grandmother's LC, which our family has used for over 60 years, I realize, "there's stain; so what!!"
            Happy cooking, eating and cleaning to all of you.

            1. re: lifespan

              Lifespan,

              I believe baking soda and vinegar solution should not destroy your LC enamel, but you are correct. It is way better to underdo than overdo when it comes to enamel pot. Having a few staining spots in no way affect the performance of your cookware, pitting the coating does. So it is always better to less than to do more for a enameled pot.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                You're not really talking about a solution of baking soda and vinegar, right? You mean baking soda OR vinegar or baking soda either preceded or followed by vinegar. If you mix baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, a base) and vinegar (weak solution of acetic acid), you end up with a solution of sodium acetate and a lot of carbon dioxide bubbling over everywhere. Lots of fun if you're looking for a nice safe home chemistry demonstration for the kids, but otherwise not particularly useful for cleaning anything.

                With regard to the original question, I have some LC that's going on 40 years old or so. I don't particularly care what the insides look like, but when I feel the urge to clean some of the stains off, which happens rarely, I just use Bon Ami and a little elbow grease. Works fine, or at least as fine as I care it to work, and if it's damaging the enamel I guess my heirs can worry about it because it apparently ain't happening in my lifetime. Now, if I were framing them for display on the wall, as I guess some folks must do, I guess I'd be a bit more concerned . . .

                1. re: FlyFish

                  baking soda poured down the kitchen drain, followed by some good glugs of white vinegar, helps to clean, maintain and sanitize (at least make it smell better) the drain. plus...it's fun! use it for bathtub drain, too.
                  this trick was taught to me by a professional drain cleaner.

                  1. re: FlyFish

                    Yes, I am talking about baking soda solution and vinegar solution separately.

            2. Bar keepers friend has worked well for me.

              1. I would just put a baking soda and water solution in the post and bring it to a simmer, shut it off and let it soak.

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                1. re: kayakado

                  I've had 3 Le Creuset pots for at least 4 years that I use regularly, and they still look brand new. When I'm done cooking and the pan is still warm, I pour water in it with some dish soap, heat it till the water is hot, and then clean the big stuff out with a kitchen sponge. If there is any discoloration or stains, they wipe out easily with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I never use a scrubber on it because it can scratch the clear coating over the enamel, and once that is gone the cookware looks all dull and stains easily. Because I don't want to scratch the clear coat, I also make sure to only use silcone utensils. Another factor in keeping LC looking new is properly preparing the surface before you cook, it makes cleanup a lot easier. Before adding any food to my LC cookware, I heat the cookware over no more than medium heat until the pan is hot (if a drop of water dances on the surface, it is ready), then I put some oil on a paper towel and wipe down the interior of the pan with it. I've never had a problem with food sticking to the cookware, and like I said, my cookware looks shiny and brand new even though it gets used regularly.

                2. The boiling baking soda method worked to remove the burnt on residue, but there were still stains. I used Oxiclean, one scoop in a few inches of water, then boiled for about half an hour. ALL the stains were gone . . . even the ones that had been there for years. My big dutch oven looks brand new inside and out. I hadn't seen Oxiclean mentioned anywhere, but use it for other stain removal, so gave it a try. I used it in the same way others suggested for baking soda, just substituted the Oxiclean for baking soda..

                  1. Soak it, try detergent with enzymes and if you need to scub it try Bon Ami. Be careful with bleach as it will dull the finish.
                    Only use bleach if it is very diluted.

                    1. I know this is in Japanese, but this video demonstrates how to clean a scorched "nabe" ie Dutch oven. It's from le Creuset Japan.

                      at the 2:00 mark on, the boiling with salt, then using Le Creuset cleaner method is shown.

                      http://www.youtube.com/user/LeCreuset...

                      I've used this method and it really works :)