Enamel is the stuff that makes your teeth pearly white and gives you the kind of smile that would make Tom Cruise envious. Enamel is also a material used for the construction of various items found in almost every house. Two different kinds of enamel can be found on these household products and the differences between them extend to the method in which you provide maintenance and care. Vitreous enamel and stove enamel
are the names given these two types. Stove enamel is created from painted baked onto the surface at a low temperature. The main thing to keep in mind about stove enamel is that even though the surface is more resistant than traditionally painted surfaces, it can still be quite easily scratched. For the most part you need to know how to deal with vitreous enamel because that is the type of enamel in the household that is more commonly utilized and therefore subject to damage.
Vitreous enamel and porcelain enamel are twin sons of different mothers. The terms are used to identify the kind of enamel that is acquired by firing glass into metal. Vitreous enamel exists in your house in the form of bathtubs, cooking pots and sinks. The finish is quite durable and resistant to scratching so abrasive cleaners are definitely not recommended as means of keeping vitreous enamel looking good.
The most basic way that vitreous enamel gets damaged to the point of needing to be maintained is through the process of food being burned on the surface. The best way to treat a piece of enamel cookware on which food has burnt is to soak it in detergent and water until the food becomes moistened enough to allow for easier removal. Enamel cookware is also prone to discoloration so it behooves you to learn how to deal with this problem. Discolored enamel surfaces can be dealt with by using plain household bleach that you allow to set on the surface for a certain period of time. Just make sure that you give the pot or pan a thorough cleaning before you use it again after bleaching it back to right color.
Vitreous enamel is also subject to chipping. Two methods exist to help stave off the problem of chipped enamel. The first method involves being very careful when you handle the enamel pot or pan. Refrain from laying it down too roughly or allowing it to knock up against another object. You also need to make sure that your vitreous enamel cookware is not exposed to a sudden change of temperature as well as making sure that it is not allowed to heat up while empty.