One should keep a few things in mind while using a Teflon or non-stick vessel: a. Never use it for deep-frying. b. Always wipe a non-stick pan with a soft damp cloth. c. If you need to wash it, allow the pan to cool down and then gently wash it with a sponge and mild detergent . d. One should never pour cold water over a hot pan as this is likely to result in the coating pealing off or even the pan or griddle losing its shape.