Last year I bought a small ss All-Clad pot and pan at my local kitchen store (large discount!). I've been using wooden utensils in my ss, but sometimes use the foam/green scouring combo pads. They're made out of plastic (vinyl?), yet they're scratching my stainless surfaces? How is this possible? I can't feel the scratches with my fingers, but you can clearly see them - tiny scratches in the motions of my cleaning.
Are these just finish scratches? I keep seeing people use metal utensils in the ss cookware and seem to have no problems.