Pots and pans are delicate elements in the kitchen: if you wish to make them last, you must take proper care of them and correctly clean and maintain them, paying specific attention to which material they are made of. First of all, it is always recommended to read the instructions that come with the product. Pots can be made of materials such as Teflon, stainless steel and other non-stick materials. It is therefore crucial to be aware of the material as well as the specific cleaning procedures to perfectly maintain them. Pots, with daily and continuous use, tend to get ruined or scratched. This is a problem not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also because damaged surfaces can have an effect on the cooking results. Food might stick to the pan and can be impossible to remove. All it takes to solve the problem is to try simple tricks: the first few times that food is burned into the pot you can leave it in the freezer for three or four hours and then clean it with a sponge and lukewarm water. Another option is to apply tomato paste, salt, or water and fabric softener. A very important precaution to take in pot maintenance is to never use metallic sponges or other objects that could damage the pan’s surface. There are several other precautionary measures to maintain the pots: it is mandatory to avoid soaps that are too harsh for the material and harmful for the environment (as an alternative you could use natural detergents composed of vinegar and baking soda). Moreover, pots should be washed immediately after use or soaked in lukewarm water. Lastly, you must make sure that the pots are completely dry after cleaning them and that they are not wet before storing. Otherwise traces of food could grow harmful colonies of bacteria. Every so often, especially if the pots are not used for long periods of time, it is suggested to soak them for about 15 minutes in a solution of lukewarm water and baking soda with a teaspoon of lemon juice.