It is hard to find a kitchen without non-stick cookware nowadays. The popularity of such cookware is clear: functionality of non-stick cookware is vast, while care for it is quite simple. When cooking, this ware does not require much oil, which is good both for health and purse. However, this does not mean that there are no weak points in cookware with non-stick coating.
How to extend the service of your favorite frying pan?
Non-stick coating is handy and comfortable, but in the case of using it improperly, the favorite frying pan or saucepan will be worth only disposing of in a rather short time. What shall we keep in mind to avoid it?
Avoid overheating!
First of all, you should know that non-stick coating can be adversely affected by overheating. The recommended temperature for saucepans, frying pans, roasting pans and other cookware shall not exceed 260 °C, therefore it is preferable not to turn on the stove full power when cooking in the non-stick cookware. If the temperature exceeds the limits, the cookware coating starts to ruin gradually. The cookware also must not be left on the hot stove without food for long. It is allowed to preheat the cookware (always with oil!) before putting foods in it. But only preheat, and not make it burning hot!
Avoid temperature shock!
A sharp change of temperatures is impermissible. It is recommended to set the moderate temperature when cooking in the non-stick cookware. If there is a need to cook something under a high heat, the non-stick cookware shall be heated gradually. It is impermissible to pour cold water in heated saucepan or put some frozen and not thawed products there. For the same reason, non-stick cookware must not be washed in the dishwasher: there are used some aggressive cleaning agents there and sharp changes in temperature are possible, which has an adverse effect upon the state of the coating.
Protect from scratches!
Another foe of non-stick cookware is scratches and cracks which appear on the surface over time. The reason of little scratches on the non-stick surface is improper storage or blows with metal items. To avoid this, you must not use metal spoons and forks when cooking in such ware. Special accessories of plastic or wood are made for such ware, so that they do not damage the delicate surface. It is impermissible to cut the food in a frying pan or in a baking pan with non-stick coating, or try to scrape the remaining dry stuck food with a knife or fork.
Using metal or abrasive sponges and cleaning agents with abrasives is also not allowed for washing of such ware. Of course, smooth non-stick coating is “designed” in a certain degree for a hard mechanical impact and it is quite resistant to scratches. But regular use of hard cleaning agents and brushes will ruin it at some point.
Washing the ware with non-stick coating safely
To wash the favorite frying pan or saucepan, you have to use only a soft sponge and a special agent designed for such ware – Unicum grease remover for non-stick coating. It perfectly copes with its task, easily removes contaminations, dry stuck and burnt remnants of food (though rarely, but even in a non-stick cookware such a nuisance as food burning may happen). Besides of the inner side with the special coating, the cookware also has an external side without the coating. The agent is ideally suitable for any surface – Teflon, ceramics, steel. It helps you wash the cookware without even microscopic scratches and damages to the non-stick coating.
Life hacks:
For a better effect, the non-stick cookware shall be washed immediately after cooking so that the cookware surface would not accumulate the remnants of oil, which turn into sticky oily stains and carbon deposits over time.
If food remnants on the surface of non-stick cookware got dry stuck, do not scrub them with a sponge violently. It is better to soak the pan for 15 minutes in a vessel with warm water with diluted Unicum grease remover, and then wash it as usually.
If you want your cookware to reveal its non-sticking properties the best, after washing, rinsing and drying, wipe the surface with oil in such a way that it would be soaked in, but not left on the surface. It would be better to do this right before starting cooking.  After this, you can cook either without oil at all or with its minimum quantity. You would be pleasantly surprised.
The cookware with non-stick coating shall be stored separately from the other ware so as the other items would not scratch the delicate coating.
Of course, non-stick cookware is not eternal, It also has its limited service life, which is much less than at the good old cast-iron frying pans. The non-stick coating gradually rubs off the ware surface, and it loses its properties. However, if the cookware is used correctly, its storage rules are met and it is cleaned using an agent which was developed specially for these surfaces, then your favorite pans will preserve their wonderful qualities for long.