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Old 07-19-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default Best Method - Barkeeper's Friend

I know there is a lot on HBT about Barkeeper's Friend and how to apply it, but of course there are varying opinions.

Wondering if anyone wants to chime in on how I can best use BKF to passivate my brushed stainless steel pot. I have both the powder and the cream.


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Old 07-19-2014, 01:09 PM   #2
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Use the powder with a little bit of water and a red or green Scotchbrite pad.


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Old 07-19-2014, 01:13 PM   #3
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^^^^This, plus rinse well and dry.


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Thanks! A good scrub then I assume? Are the green Scotchbrite abrasive? Do I air dry or wipe dry?
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Yes, all Scotchbrite is abrasive, but green is the finest of the varieties. Yep, a good scrub should remove the oxidation and allow the acid in the BKF to passivate the surface. Air dry, wipe dry, it doesn't matter. I'd prolly towel dry it once it has been rinsed well.
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Thanks everyone really appreciate your responses. I will do as you suggest.
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Yes, all Scotchbrite is abrasive, but green is the finest of the varieties. Yep, a good scrub should remove the oxidation and allow the acid in the BKF to passivate the surface. Air dry, wipe dry, it doesn't matter. I'd prolly towel dry it once it has been rinsed well.
I think the blue might be the least abrasive. It's typically sold as "no scratch". I've used them for epoxy grout removal from the faces of wall tiles where the green ones were specifically not used. Generally, if I'm cleaning my pots and pans, I use BKF and the green. If I'm wiping down counters or backsplashes, I grab the blue.


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I like the cream a lot better. If you have that, save yourself a step and use it. I put it on, scrub, and leave it for half hour, then take off with wet rag.
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I think the blue might be the least abrasive. It's typically sold as "no scratch". I've used them for epoxy grout removal from the faces of wall tiles where the green ones were specifically not used. Generally, if I'm cleaning my pots and pans, I use BKF and the green. If I'm wiping down counters or backsplashes, I grab the blue.
Good to know. I've never seen the blue. Didn't realize there was such a thing.
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BKF powder on a damp rag will work great. Rinse well otherwise it can etch the stainless. We don't recommend the Scotch Brite pads as they are a little too abrasive and can scratch/dull the stainless finish.


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