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Clean Your Stainless Steel Rainbow Stain in One Minute

No, when a rainbow stain appears your Stainless Steel Pan isn't ruined. Here's how to get rid of it.

Bradford Malt|May 18, 2019

You just got your brand new cookware. It's shiny and beautiful and you're excited. But then all of a sudden you notice this rainbow colored stain. Your first thought is that your pan is a lemon or that it is a reflection of poor quality steel. Neither of those is correct and we're here to answer what that stain is and how to clean your . stainless steel pans. The good news: this has no impact on the cooking performance of your pan, it is just purely aesthetic.

Why the Rainbow Stain Appears:

The rainbow stain on Stainless Steel is what we call "heat tint." Stainless Steel contains a small amount of chromium in it to help resist corrosion and rusting. When chromium and air mix, a protective layer is formed on your pan. More simply put, when Stainless Steel is heated to high temperatures, the oxidized layer can thicken, causing a rainbow tint.

Does This Have Any Affect on Performance?

This is a simple answer: No. This is purely an aesthetic issue, so if it doesn't bother you, then do not worry about it. But if you care about making sure your pans are beautiful and functional, then read on.

How can you get rid of heat tint?

If you have your

Made In cleaner

handy, simply create a paste with some water and the cleaner and scrub it away with a non-abrasive sponge.

Don't have our cleaner? You can use Bar Keeper's Friend or follow these instructions:

Step 1: Splash diluted White Vinegar into your pan

Step 2: Use a non-abrasive sponge to clean the area

Step 3: Rinse and dry fully

Voilá! This is the same pan as the first image and the whole process took less than 1 minute!

Want more tips on how to care for your stainless steel pans? Check out our

stainless steel cookware care tip



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