I just got a new pan and am trying to ward off any burned-on stains. In my experience, applying a damp sponge to a cleanser like Bon Ami or Bar Keepers Friend doesn’t work well. I’ve found that making a paste with the cleanser and scrubbing it on the pan with my finger is a more effective method. I think sponges absorb too much of the cleanser and don’t create enough friction.
Maryellen Driscoll, editor at large, None