After a summer filled with delicious barbecues and cookouts, it's time to start thinking about cleaning your grill. Your stainless steel grill may have seen better days, and a deep cleaning session is necessary to keep it in optimum condition. Not only will it protect the longevity of your grill, but it'll make grilling your favorite foods more enjoyable and safe. In this blog, we'll provide some deep cleaning tips for stainless steel grills, whether a new shiny grill or a vintage one.

The pristine Encore Grill - a freestanding stainless steel giant

How to Perform a Deep Clean on Your Stainless Steel Grill

Summer is almost over; your trusty grill has been hard at work, keeping you fed and happy. But after months of use, your stainless steel grill may have taken a beating and look a little worse for wear. Fear not! An annual or semi-annual deep cleaning is all it takes to keep your grill in tip-top shape and ready for the next barbecue season.

The Atlas Grill - Stainless Steel Gas Grill

First, unplug or turn off the gas valve and let your grill cool down before you begin any cleaning. Then, remove the grates, flame tubes, and any other removable parts in your grill. Inspect the grates closely to establish whether they are rusty or corroded. If so, you might need to replace them unless they are still in good condition and can be cleaned with a wire brush. Bath these removable parts in warm soapy water, then scrub them with a soft cloth or brush. Avoid using abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or brushes, as these might cause scratches on the stainless steel surface.

Next, it's time to focus on the interior and exterior of your grill. Start by wiping it down with a damp cloth or sponge. It would be best to use a specialized stainless steel cleaner/ polish to clean the exterior portions of the grill, including railings and legs. After applying the cleaner, wipe it down with a dry and clean cloth that will leave the stainless steel shiny and looking new. A good thing about stainless steel is that harsh cleaning is not required. However, a deep cleaning may be necessary if the surface is greasy and the grime does not come out quickly.

To perform a deep cleaning, use water and dishwasher soap to loosen any grease, making it easy to scrub it off. You can use a non-abrasive scrub brush or sponge, but avoid using steel wool, wire brushes, or any cleaning agents containing chloride or bleach, as these might damage the grill surface. When spraying the grill with water, remember to avoid the grill's interior, as this can damage the burners or starter.

After scrubbing the grill:

  1. Rinse it thoroughly with hot water to eliminate soap residue on the grill's surface.
  2. Once all the soap is rinsed off, consider using a good quality stainless steel cleaner or vinegar and water solution to remove any residual water spots that may have appeared after washing.
  3. Once you finish cleaning the grill, inspect it closely to ensure that you didn't miss any sections and that the grill parts are in good shape.
The Sparkling Clean Freestanding Muscle Hybrid Grill

Keep Your Grills Sparkling Clean with These Deep Cleaning Tips for Stainless Steel Grills

Stainless steel is a durable and sturdy material, but it is also prone to dirt, grease, and rust buildup. Neglecting to clean your grill properly not only affects the performance of your grill but also risks spoiling your food with unwanted flavors. Here are some expert tips to keep your steel grill looking like new and running smoothly.

Cleaning each part of the grill to remove food debris, grease, and grime

Start with a Good Scrub

The first step to deep cleaning your stainless steel grill is to give it a good scrub to remove any food residue and grease. Use a non-abrasive sponge, cloth, and warm soapy water to remove any visible grime. To remove built-up grease, you can use a stainless steel cleaner, which will help to dissolve the grime and leave your grill looking great.

  • Vinegar and water: You can use a vinegar and water solution for tough stains or stubborn grease. Combine one part vinegar with three parts water and stir well. Apply the solution to the area with a soft cloth and let it soak for a few minutes. Then wipe away the dirt with a clean cloth. This will not only clean the grill but also leave it looking shiny.
  • Baking soda and water: Similar to the vinegar and water solution, baking soda and water can clean a stainless steel grill interior and exterior. Combine equal parts baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply the mixture with a soft cloth and gently scrub. Rinse with water and dry with a clean towel to avoid streaking.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice is a great natural cleaning agent. It works well to remove grease that may have been collected in hard-to-reach areas of your stainless steel grill. Slice a lemon in half and rub the cut side over areas with grease build-up. Let the juice sit for a few minutes before wiping away the dirt with a clean cloth.
Clean grates and burners make a superior grilling experience

Clean the Inside of the Grill

Next, it's time to clean the inside. Use a scraper or putty knife to remove large pieces of debris, then wipe down the inside with a damp cloth. For tough stains or grease, use a stainless steel cleaner and a cloth or sponge to scrub the inside of the grill, paying particular attention to the corners and crevices. Avoid using abrasive materials that could scratch the surface of the grill.

  • Check the burners: Burners are essential to your grill but can also become clogged with grease and food residue. Remove your burners from the grill and use a wire brush to scrub any build-up. You can also use a toothpick or a paper clip to poke through the vent holes. Once your burners are clean, replace them and check for any signs of wear and tear.
  • Clean the Grates: Another critical part of your grill is the grate, which can be tough to clean if it isn't done regularly. Remove the grates from the grill and clean any visible grime using a non-abrasive sponge and warm, soapy water. Use a wire brush or grill scraper to remove tough stains or burnt-on food. Once your grates are clean, you can coat them with a thin layer of oil to prevent food from sticking.

Remember the Exterior

While cleaning the interior of your grill is essential for keeping it functioning correctly, you also want it to look good on the outside. Use a stainless steel cleaner or polish to brighten the exterior and remove any visible grime or fingerprints. Remember, stainless steel can be damaged if not cleaned correctly, so always use a product specifically designed for stainless steel.

Regular Maintenance

After completing your deep clean, it's essential to keep up with regular maintenance to keep your grill looking and functioning at its best. This includes regularly scrubbing down after each cooking session and cleaning the grates and burners before cooking. Also, check for any signs of wear and tear that may require repair or replacement.

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Here's to Making Grilled Food Safer and Tastier

Whether a new shiny grill or a well-worn one, cleaning and maintaining your stainless steel grill is essential to protecting your investment and ensuring your grill performs well and safely. Following these deep cleaning tips will keep your grill clean and extend its useful life. Keep in mind that regular deep cleaning will increase the longevity of your grill and ensure that it is ready for grilling any time of the year with minimal preparation. Now, enjoy your grill with confidence.

August 21, 2023 — Jason Klein