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Re: OT cleaning off burnt on oil and grease

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01-08-2013 07:19:56

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Unless it changed over the weekend, and I could call into the plant and check, NaOH is still what is being used at food service operations to clean burned on grease. And yes they are cleaning aluminum pans. I have customers who sell concentrated oven cleaner in 55 gal. drums to restaurants. I sell the 55 gal. drums to the distributors. Most restaurants don't keep up with them and the bottoms get very crusted, but some places do and during the cleaning they avoid getting it on the inside. but even if the cleaner etches the aluminum a little, a quick scrub removes the oxidation and shines the surface again.

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 Re: OT cleaning off burnt on oil and grease in reply to showcrop, 01-08-2013 07:19:56  
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It WILL etch the surface and the stronger the lye content the deeper and faster the "etch". Don't leave it on more than a few minutes or the surface will start to pit and you will need a LOT of polishing to get it smooth again. That said I clean large commercial aluminum oven pans on a regular basis using the commercial oven/grill/fryer cleaner sold in pump botttles at Sam's Club. It's an inexpensive lye based cleaner that is very effective on stainless and works fine on aluminum if you work fast and don't mind the dull finish it leaves behind. I try to limit it to the exterior surfaces on aluminum cookware to protect the cooking surface. Do not use it on anodized Calphalon surfaces - it will destroy them almost instantly.


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 Re: OT cleaning off burnt on oil and grease in reply to TheOldHokie, 01-08-2013 07:45:13  
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Yes, as I said the oven cleaner will etch the surface and just as is being done in millions of commercial kitchens every day a quick scrub with a stainless steel or nylon scrubbie will remove the oxidized aluminum and put the polish back on in no time. If one wishes to be cautious immersing first for ten minutes and checking then a half hour etc. can enable one to do it the way the rest of the world does and not have to worry.

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