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Here are a few tips that will help your lodge cast iron pans last a lifetime. Rinse with hot water (not soap), and dry thoroughly. Prepare the cooking surface with a coating of oil. After cooking, clean with a stiff brush and hot water. Using soap is not recommended, and harsh detergents should never be used. Avoid putting hot pans into cold water, since thermal shock can cause the metal to warp or crack. Towel dry immediately and apply a light coat of oil while the pan is still warm. Store in a cool, dry place. If you have a lid, place a folded paper towel between the lid and the pan to allow air to circulate.