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Great Product - Terrible Packaging,
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)This stuff is a miracle. It'll take off any burn residue on pans, but its shining use? Ceramic/glass stove tops.
I had HORRIBLE burn rings around my glass stovetop, some from scorched food, but most from calcified water boiling over. I had tried everything from specific formula to weird home recipes that I read about on the internet. I have spent somewhere around $50 desperately trying to clean the stovetop, to save my security deposit, and nothing helped a bit.
Then a friend recommended me this. It is definitely smelly, which I am a bit allergic to, but totally worth it. Smeared this all over the stovetop, left for 15 minutes, lightly sponged off and it was like new. I am not at all exaggerating, I wish I had taken photos.
It's non-abrasive, so no worrying about scratching your stovetop (unless you use a scratchy sponge).
Now the downside: This package arrived with just the bottle in a box too big for it, with one plastic pillow cushioning. As you can imagine, without taping the bottle shut, it had exploded all over the inside and dried up. Thankfully there was just enough for one use to try it out, and amazon was fantastic about doing a refund. I have reassurances from amazon that they'll get the distributor to package better, but be cautious, and maybe check around to get this in-store instead.
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Initial post: Feb 29, 2012 12:04:09 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 29, 2012 12:04:30 PM PST
In your review, you mentioned rings from 'calcified water' boiling over. Do most flat top stoves have this problem? My family has a set of stainless steel pans purchased sometime at least 25 years before the new millenium :). They were a gift to my parents for their wedding. These pans have been on every kind of stove out there up till now, have kept their shine and their bottoms intact (sorry, I know that sounds weird!) until we moved into a house with a flat surface stove. I have used closed electric burners before, but never totally flat ones. For some reason, the larger of the two stainless steel pots (which sees the most use) has turned chalky white and become somewhat brittle. We are mystified! After taking these pans literally all over the world as a military family, they are suddenly starting to look very beat up-from light use on an apparently normal electric stove top! Would this have anything to do with calcification in the water they are cleaned with (in the dishwasher), or something about the way the flat 'burners' heat up? We could get new pans, of course, but we're rather proud of how long these have lasted, and simply love them (I believe the brand is Remington, which was USA made when these were purchased). If you have any ideas, or anyone else reading this does, I'd appreciate a reply. We're stumped! Thanks, and thanks for an excellent review.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 29, 2012 12:36:07 PM PST
The calcified water buildup is due to where I live having super calcified pipes, and super calcified water in the city to begin with, rather than the flat stovetop. However, with a flattop stove it's more noticable, as the water has no where to run (so it will stick to your pans) and is on a black surface. If the pans are boiling over it could be getting under your pan and so you'd get the buildup on both the pan and the burner. So if you've moved to a new location that has bad water, it could be that.
Brittleness I'm really not sure about though, but I know rapid heat changes (like dousing a hot pan in cold water) can cause that. We get calcification on all of our dishes that go through the dishwasher in my city, because the water is so bad. A product called Lemi-Shine has helped with that, but anything with citric acid or vinegar added to the wash water will help to cut through the buildup, and the buildup in your washer's in/outtake tubes.
Barkeeper's friend has removed ALL of the black crap or white calcium that builds up on the bottoms of our pans, so you may want to give this stuff a try, but it's only a treatment and not a preventative. You can also try putting a wooden chopstick across your pans while they boil to give the water bubbles something to "climb" so that the pans don't boil over as often.
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