Don't panic—here's how to remove the dreaded heat tint.
Picture this: After cooking your first meal in a brand-new Stainless Clad Pan and admiring how it shines on your stovetop, you notice a rainbow stain on the interior—and your dreams of perfect sears and simmering sauces disappear.
Luckily, this rainbow stain—otherwise known as heat tint—doesn't affect the cooking performance of your pan at all, and is simply an aesthetic imperfection. Let's get into why this rainbow stain appears and how to get rid of it.
The rainbow stain on Stainless Steel is what's known as "heat tint." Stainless steel contains a small amount of chromium 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 top layer can thicken, which causes a rainbow tint.
This is a simple answer: No. This is purely an aesthetic issue, so if it doesn't bother you, then you can cook away with your Stainless Clad.
But if you care about having both functional and beautiful cookware, then read on for tips on getting rid of the rainbow tint for good.
If you have your Make It Like New Cleaner handy, simply create a paste with some water and the cleaner and scrub it away with a non-abrasive sponge.
If you don't have our cleaner, you can use Bar Keeper's Friend as a substitute, or follow the below instructions to restore your pan:
Your pan should look brand-new after this treatment, and you can proceed cooking with your restored functional—and now equally beautiful—cookware.
Now that you know how to get rid of heat tint, you're free to sear, sauté, and simmer to your heart's content with our Award-Winning, chef-approved Stainless Clad Collection.