Why have sol-gel coatings gained acceptance in the market?

These new coatings provided a new look for cookware, with white and light colors, high gloss and the ability to withstand higher temperatures than conventional coatings. The media attention given to the EPA’s concern about PFOA also presented a marketing opportunity for coatings that did not contain PFOA and PTFE, principally sol-gel coatings.

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What's the best way to clean sol-gel/"ceramic" coatings ?

Actual in-home tests were conducted to evaluate a variety of cleaners and how they perform on ceramics. Obviously, if what gets cooked gets burned, it can impact the results. Nevertheless, the following methods and cleaners were found to be the best options:

  • First, as with any cookware, try soaking the pan in hot soapy water; sometimes overnight. (In-home tests were conducted using DawnŽ).
  • If you are in a hurry, try heating the pan with soapy water on low, then scrubbing with a sponge. Make sure to use caution and pot holders when scrubbing the pan, as the water will get hot.
  • For some foods, simmering 1/2 cup of vinegar and scrubbing with a sponge works better.
  • For really tough stains like barbecue sauce, use 1/2 cup of Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Gel mixed with two cups of hot water. Let that stand overnight. The next morning, rinse out and wash thoroughly.
  • For fingerprints, try Windex. Wash the pan thoroughly after Windex has been applied.

Each one of these techniques is gentle on the sol-gel ceramic surface.


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