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Cleaning Stainless Cookware

Cleaning KitchenAid Stainless Cookware

It is important to clean your product thoroughly after each use to prevent staining or build-up from food or grease. Occasionally, stainless steel may exhibit a rainbow-like, bluing, or bronze-like discoloration.

  • This type of discoloration is normal for new stainless steel products.
  • Discoloration might also take place if the product is exposed to higher temperatures.

Generally, this type of discoloration should be easy to remove. The best cleaning recommendation is to hand wash with warm, soapy water or use the dishwasher. If discoloration remains, you can try one of the following cleaning methods to remove it:

  • Lemon juice: if you have undiluted lemon juice or by cutting a lemon, you can use the lemon wedge as a sponge/scrub, then thoroughly scrub the affected surface area. Afterward, wash with warm, soapy water, rinse, and towel dry. 
  • If the interior is discolored, you can boil a mixture of vinegar and water. For a skillet, be sure to fill the pan midway with two parts water and one part vinegar. Boil on low to medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, then wash with warm, soapy water, rinse, and towel dry.
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  • Use a powdered cleaning agent designed to clean/polish stainless surfaces, which helps to remove oxidation. Liquid agents are also available for cleaning stainless steel surfaces. Once you use any of those cleaning agents as recommended by the supplier, be sure to wash thoroughly with warm, soapy water, rinse, and towel dry. 
  • To prevent water spotting, rinse in warm water after washing and towel dry thoroughly.
  • If a spotted white film appears (caused by minerals in the water), try rubbing it with a sponge or brush and lemon juice or vinegar. Wash with warm, soapy water, rinse, and towel dry.


Overheating or allowing a pan to boil dry can cause yellow, brown, dark purple, blue, or rainbow tints on the stainless steel surface. Although harmless, these tints can spoil the appearance of the pan. To remove this discoloration, use a powdered cleaning agent designed to remove oxidization and a nonabrasive cleaning pad. Wash with warm, soapy water, rinse, and dry.

Discoloration is not covered under your product warranty. Please note that allowing a pan to boil dry can cause serious damage to your product and cooking surface, property damage, and/or personal injury. Never leave a pan unattended.

Contact Support for KitchenAid Cookware

Meyer Corporation, U.S. is responsible for the production, distribution, and service for KitchenAid® cookware.  The following link to Meyer’s support portal for KitchenAid® provides all support needs. Meyer’s support team is available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PT, excluding holidays. 

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