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Damaging Stainless Steel?

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I've been reading recently about "damaging" stainless steel pots and pants by scrubbing them too hard with things like steel wool etc..

I was wondering what damaging means in this case and what are the implications?

If I have a copper or aluminum core is their a chance that I could expose this inner metal, leading to problems? Is there anyway to scrape away that much stainless steel?

Does it simply cause the steel to be a poorer conductor of heat?

Thanks

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  1. I have never seen exposed core metals before. But I guess you would have to do A LOT of hard scrubbing with the steel wool over years before exposing the copper or aluminum. Cooking acidic foods will cause a tiny bit of the metals to leach into the food. It shouldn't be a problem

    I cook scrambled eggs in SS. The deep scratch might cause problems with certain foods. The SS surface will progressively become harder to clean due to burnt sauces and fats getting into the crevices.

    Cleaning the pans right after you use them. You should be able to just use water and a non abrasive sponge. For tougher stains use BKF which is gentle polish for SS.

    1. "I was wondering what damaging means in this case and what are the implications?"

      Scatches

      "If I have a copper or aluminum core is their a chance that I could expose this inner metal, leading to problems? Is there anyway to scrape away that much stainless steel?"

      There is always a chance as unlikely as it may.

      "Does it simply cause the steel to be a poorer conductor of heat?"

      Not it does not enhance or diminish the conductivity.