Care of Enamel Finish Products
Care of Enameled Ware
With reasonable care enameled ware is durable, but there is one thing which
must be guarded against in the very best of ware. The enamel must not be injured
so that it cracks or chips off. Cracking can be produced in three ways:
By a heavy blow, which breaks the enamel by its force.
By the sudden application of excessive heat, which makes the underlying iron
expand faster than the glazed coating and causes the enamel to crack.
By the sudden application of excessive cold to a very hot vessel, which causes
a rapid contraction and subsequent cracking of the enamel.
The iron is then exposed at points where the enamel is broken, acids in the
foods attack it, and gradually the whole enamel is undermined.
Unless this accident has occurred, housekeepers need have no fear of cooking
acid food or any other food in
enameled ware utensils, because enamel is not attacked by any chemical substance
except hydrofluoric acid, used for etching glass; this acid is not found in
The hard, smooth, non-porous, non-scaly, glossy surface of enameled ware makes
it very easy to keep clean and sanitary.
Any bad discoloration can be removed from enameled ware by soaking the utensil
in washing soda and hot water.