Cleaning Antique Enamelware


Life and Adventures at Diamond W RanchWhile poking around the Kansas City Farmer’s Market last weekend, I discovered this beautiful cobalt blue swirl enamelware (aka graniteware) muffin tin.

Antique enamelware muffin tin in good condition

I have collected antique blue swirl enamelware for years and was THRILLED to find this piece in relatively good condition, and for a great price! The only problem I saw was that the underside had a thick layer of baked-on dirt.

Enamelware before cleaning

Enough that it obliterated much of the beautiful blue swirl pattern.

I wasn’t sure how to get the baked on gunk off, or if it was even possible to do. Enamelware is easy to scratch, can be cracked, and will flake off. I didn’t want to damage my find! My mom and dad have bought and sold antiques for years, and my mom has a penchant for kitchen antiques, so she has had her share of experience cleaning antique pieces. I called her for advice.

5/21/2018 2:28:25 PM

I in harreted antique enamelware some have chips i want to cook with them i cant aford to buy any i dont want to waste them

7/22/2016 8:14:53 AM

Jacqueline, I've not seen an enamelware with blue swirl before. I have seen the camper style speckled blue enamel but never swirl. It's unique that's for sure. I like the look of it. Good old soaking and baking soda are hard to beat for cleaning any kind of greasy thing. Have a great baking soda cleaning day.

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