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How to Remove Melted Plastic on Stainless Steel?

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Jacqui Kneeland Last reply on Jul 8, 2016

My daughter decided to make popcorn late one night and turned on the wrong burner of the stove (All while not paying attention to what she was doing and talking on the phone). On the back burner sat an empty stainless steel pot that was left with tea bags in it and a very large black plastic spoon. After a few minutes the smoke alarm went off. She realized there was a burning stench of plastic and saw the mistake she had made. The tea bags were history, but the plastic spoon all melted into a puddle at the bottom of the pot. These were a very expensive set of pots and pans that can no longer be replaced, and I would hate to have to throw another pot she destroyed away. I have scrubbed the areas around the burn clean, but the plastic has not budged. I have even tried to scrape it up with a sharp edge, but don't want to run the risk of injuring myself or breaking a knife blade, screw driver and damaging the pot. Can anyone give me any ideas on how to remove the plastic from the bottom of the pot? Any help would be appreciated!

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  • April E
    April E Oklahoma City, OK
    on Feb 22, 2014

    1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 boiling cup white vineger let soak till all bubbles disappear the use a copper scrubby to take it all off

  • Megan Hantz
    Megan Hantz Spokane, WA
    on Feb 22, 2014

    Sometimes people think of cleaning as using some magical mixture of product to remove something hard-to-get-off, but sometimes, you just have to physically remove it. At my cleaning company, I use not only abrasive cleaners like pumice stones and baking soda, but a good old steel wool and my hand held razor blade for scraping. I know you might not want to damage your pan, but if you consider it already damaged unless you can remove the melted plastic, I would suggest using a razor scraping tool to remove the majority, then steel wool, and see what else might melt off with heat as well.

  • Barbara Ahern
    Barbara Ahern Milano, TX
    on Feb 23, 2014

    I have no clue how you would get the burnt plastic off, but I use the powder cleanser for my stainless steel pans, such as Cameo or Bar Keepers Friend...if you ever get the burnt plastic off....I think the Cameo or Bar Keepers friend will take out the stain...lets hope and cross our fingers!! I don't think the handles would last under too much heat, good luck!!

  • Ronda
    Ronda Georgetown, OH
    on Feb 23, 2014

    You could use a heat gun on it to heat up and scrap the pan with a putty knife and if you use a extension cord you could do it outside weather permitting and that way your home will not get many fumes in it, Then after you get as much as you can off the run it in a automatic oven cleaner built into your stove. I have cleaned some stainless steel items in my oven and they came out a little dull in color but I could continue using them for cooking you probably should remove your handle off the pan before you put them in the oven. Good Luck Wish You Well!!

  • Jill
    Jill Riverside, CA
    on Feb 25, 2014

    Well, I tried Cynthia H's idea and put it in my freezer. I added a little water to the pot hoping that when it froze it would freeze in between the plastic and the pot and it worked to almost get it all off. Then I filled the pot with water and let it boil for a while. While this wouldn't have removed all the plastic in the first place, it did help to soften it without the fumes bothering me. I then scraped it off and scoured it with steel wool. There are still a few flakes in the bottom, but I think I can scrape them off as time goes by. Thanks everyone for your ideas!

  • Robin
    Robin Saginaw, MI
    on Oct 20, 2014

    I have done that way too many times! Vinegar and baking soda will work every time! Mix in the pan and let sit for a while-I usually let sit for half an hour to an hour, depending upon the damage I've done. I usually keep a plastic putty knife next to my sink. Does NOT scratch my iron skillets nor my new teflon pans. Use the putty knife to "chip" off the big pieces.

  • Marci N
    Marci N Florence, OR
    on Oct 21, 2014

    Heat will get it off. Have to heat it up to where the plastic starts to get soft then scrap it off with a scraper.

  • Carolscakes1
    Carolscakes1 Westland, MI
    on Jan 13, 2015

    I just had that happen to me. The simplest way to get melted plastic off a fry pan is to put it in hot water with Dawn liquid dishwasher soap. I soaked it for 10 Minutes and the plastic came off with my fingers in one solid piece. No harsh chemicals or anything. So easy. Please try

  • Susanmattison6260
    Susanmattison6260
    on Jan 27, 2016

    Clean melted fabric from stainless steel pot

  • Jacqui Kneeland
    Jacqui Kneeland Cherry Hill, NJ
    on Jul 8, 2016

    I did this when trying to sterilize a pacifier. I found a paint scraper to be the best tool for scratching the plastic out. It worked great. Just don't recommend it for non-stick coating.

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