How to repair nonstick pans

Updated February 21, 2017

Preserving your non-stick cookware so it lasts for years isn't always easy. One wrong move with a metal spatula over burnt cheese and the finish is damaged. Scraped Teflon can flake into your food if you continue cooking on the damaged surface, and ingesting Teflon may cause serious health risks. To continue using your non-stick pans, you can repair them with spray-on adhesive.

Purchase a can of non-stick cookware repair spray from your local kitchen centre or online retailer.

Wash and dry the pan as usual, inspecting before drying to make sure all food residue has been washed clean. It may require some soaking before washing to ensure stubborn, stuck-on food comes clean.

Spray the entire non-stick surface of the pan with cookware repair spray and allow it to dry for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 260 degrees C while the non-stick repair spray is drying.

Heat the pan at 260 degrees Cor 45 minutes and allow to cool thoroughly before washing again.

Wash the pan with a gentle sponge, warm soap and water, and allow it to dry before using.


Most non-stick cookware finishes are grey or black, but spray-on refinishing tends to be clear. It will not cover up the appearance of scratches or dings in the pan. If you have difficulty finding repair spray, you may be able to purchase it from an overseas online dealer, like Cookware Bakeware.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-stick cookware repair spray
  • Dish soap
  • Scrubber sponge
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Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.