How to Clean Your All-Clad Cookware

Although All-Clad pans are not high-maintenance cookware, they do require thorough cleaning after each use. If improperly cared for, the original shine can be lost. Here are the most common reasons why your All-Clad cookware no longer looks as good as before.

  • Using cooking spray leaves films on the surface that cause discoloration and sticking.
  • Overheating can cause blue stains and clouding on the bottom.
  • Washing stainless steel cookware in water with a high iron content can cause rusty discoloration.
  • Washing cookware in water with a high calcium content can leave water stains on the outside.
  • During normal use, fingerprints and light smudges may appear on the surface.
  • All-clad cookware with a copper exterior can lose its mirror shine and develop a patina over time.

Fortunately, All-Clad cookware is easy to clean with standard cleaning products.

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Is All-Clad Cookware Dishwasher-Safe?

1. The All-Clad stainless steel cookware is completely dishwasher safe. This collection can be safely placed in the dishwasher (except for non-stick cookware).

2. The Copper-Core All-Clad cookware collection can be placed in the dishwasher according to the instructions, but this may cause the copper ring on the outside to tarnish. To avoid this, it is better to wash it by hand or dry the outside with a clean microfiber cloth immediately after completing the washing cycle.

3. All other collections should not be put in the dishwasher. To ensure you properly clean your All-Clad cookware, read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Dishwasher Washing

It is recommended to clean your All-Clad stainless steel cookware in the dishwasher before first use to remove any manufacturing residue.

All-Clad utensils are dense and heavy. Therefore, you must be careful when loading All-Clad pots and pans with other kitchen utensils as they can damage or break more fragile pieces.

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The dishwasher drying process can leave unsightly mineral residues on the surface. To remove these water stains, remove the pans immediately after rinsing and dry them with a clean cloth. For stain-free utensils, you can also use a rinse aid like Finish Jet-Dry Dishwasher Rinse Aid Agent.  A dishwasher rinse aid will prevent water from forming spots during the final rinse.

Hand Washing of All-Clad Cookware

All-Clad Lines that Must be Hand Washed:

  1. Stainless steel collection with non-stick interior, including LTD (anodized aluminum exterior and non-stick interior). Completely non-stick parts should not be placed in the dishwasher as high heat and dishwashing detergent can dry out the non-stick surface over time.
  2. Master Chef lines (brushed aluminum exterior) with non-stick interior should also be hand washed as harsh detergents can damage and discolor the brushed aluminum exterior.
  3. The Cop-R-Chef collection (copper exterior, stainless steel interior, and solid aluminum core) is not dishwasher safe. Cop-R-Chef needs to be hand-washed and occasionally polished.

Nonstick surfaces should be washed with warm, soapy water after each use. Remove burnt-on food by soaking the pan with a mixture of baking soda and water.

Before using your new cookware for the first time, wash it in warm water with mild dish soap, rinse, and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

Regular Cleaning

Clean your All-Clad pans with warm, soapy water after each use. To avoid warping, allow the pan to cool before cleaning. Never put the pan under cold water while it is still hot.

Discard excess fat and then fill the pan with warm water. Spritz in a mild, natural dishwashing liquid like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap, which can effectively remove grease without drying your hands.

Leave the pan with water for 10 minutes. Stuck-on food should be soaked in water for about an hour.

Use a nylon scouring pad to scrape away food particles and grease. Use a sponge or soft cloth to clean exterior surfaces. Do not use steel wool, oven cleaners, steel scouring pads, or cleaning products with chlorine.

Cleaning Stubborn Stains

For heavy-duty cleaning jobs (not nonstick cookware), use Bar-Keepers Friend powdered cleanser and a woven plastic scrubber.

Bar Keeper’s Friend cleans stainless steel without scratching and is good for removing stubborn brown/blue stains from burned-on food as well as removing rusty stains from water with high iron content.

Pour some warm water into the pan, sprinkle the powder over it, and rub it into a paste. Apply the paste to the stained area and spread it outside the pan if necessary. Depending on the stain, let the mixture sit for a while. Use a non-abrasive sponge to remove the stains. You should wear gloves when using the Bar-Keepers Friend cleaner as it can be harsh on your skin.

To clean scrambled eggs, you can use a cast iron skillet ringer. This makes the bottom of the stainless steel pan easy to clean and doesn’t get clogged with food residue like plastic scrubbers do.

All-Clad Cleaner and Polish is another cleaning product option to remove stuck-on food and stains caused by overheating and the use of hard water.

After cleaning, cookware should always be rinsed thoroughly with hot water.

Drying

After washing, rinse the pan with hot water and dry it immediately to remove fingerprints and prevent water stains. Use microfiber towels to absorb water from the surface. Choose towels that are large enough for your utensils.

Polishing

To avoid fingerprints, touch cookware with a stainless steel exterior with clean gloves or clothing. To easily remove fingerprints from the stainless steel exterior of your pans, you can use Stainless Steel Polish from Caron Doucet Cuisine. This product is made from plant-based ingredients and is safe for cookware and your health. Using a clean microfiber cloth, spray some polish on and wipe evenly over the dry, dirt-free surface until it is clean and shiny.

To restore the shine of All-Clad cookware with a copper exterior, you will need to polish it regularly with a copper cleaner such as Cameo Aluminum & Stainless Steel Cleaner.

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13 thoughts on “How to Clean Your All-Clad Cookware”

    • The brushed outside aluminum layer tends to oxidize and get dull patina over time. Several users have reported that using a mild soap and a Scotch-Brite scrubbing pad can help remove the scratches and bring the shine back.

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  1. I’ve been using a set of all-clad stainless pans for about 2 months and they are now almost completely black. I have scrubbed with barkeepers friend at least a dozen times and it barely makes a dent then just gets darker the next time I cook.

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  2. I seem to have moisture getting between the handle and body of my pan. I can see bubbling when I put it near the flame on my gas stove. Is there anything to worry about with it taking that heat, and is that a good way to get last bits of moisture out?

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  3. A house guest put my powder-coated All-clad saucepan in the dishwasher. Now the pan has a cloudy residue that I cannot remove. Is there a product I can use to restore the original black finish?

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  4. A house guest put my powder-coated All-clad saucepan in the dishwasher. Now the pan has a cloudy residue that I cannot remove. Is there a product I can use to restore the original black finish?

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  5. I used oven cleaner on my al clad saucepan to remove blackened strawberry syrup. I scrapped the black off. Have I ruined the inside of the pot?

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    • No, you are not. Most stainless steel surface can withstand cleaning with an oven cleaner. However, to make sure your saucepan is treated well, you might want to use specific cleaning products for All-Clad cookware.

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  6. Food sticks to the bottom of my stainless steel All Clad skillet even when I use Olive Oil. My husband thinks that I should season the skillet to prevent sticking. The skillet is at least 10 years old and has been washed and dried carefully each time it is used as per the All Clad instructions. How would I season this skillet? Will seasoning it prevent fried foods from sticking?

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  7. I have the All Clad hard anodized non stick in black. Love them but the silver bottom has become stained. What can I clean with to bring back the silver shine?

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  8. I treasure my all-clad 8 qt saucepan and clean it thoroughly after each use. There are small black spots inside on bottom; spots, not pits. Why. Can I remove them, is it safe to use the pan.

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