A clean grill is the cornerstone of great grilling, and maintaining your stainless steel gas grill enhances its performance and extends its lifespan. In this guide, we'll walk you through the essential steps to keep your grill in top-notch condition, ensuring it delivers delicious results every time you cook.

Whether you're a weekend warrior or a seasoned griller, these tips will help you quickly tackle grease, grime, and buildup. Shine up your grill and get ready for another season of mouth-watering barbecues!

The Estate Series - sleek, spotless, and clean

The Basics of How to Clean Your Stainless Steel Gas Grill

Stainless steel is brilliant and lustrous, making it a stunning focal point in your outdoor kitchen. The properties that make it durable and long-lasting also make it susceptible to scratching. The number one rule is never using abrasive brushes or cleaners because they will leave scratches, including paper towels, since they contain cardboard. Use soft clothes like microfiber towels, nonmetallic sponges, and plastic-bristled brushes, rubbing in the direction of the grain to maintain a smooth finish. When in doubt, a mixture of dish soap and hot water will yield the best results on your grill and components.

The Hybrid Series V-Grates

Grill Grates

The grill grates bear much of the burden during cooking and must be cleaned after every use to prevent grease and food buildup, limit corrosion, and keep your food tasting how it should. It's easier to clean the grates when they are still warm using a good stiff wire brush to remove food and grease. When staining and buildup persist, using baking soda and water paste can yield positive results. Use a 50/50 mix of baking soda and warm water to form a paste, and rub it all over the removed grill grates. Allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes, and wash it off with a garden hose. For deeper cleaning, place the pasted grates in a large trash bag to sit overnight.


The barrier helps protect the burners from food and grease droppings and is often called "a radiant" because it also helps distribute the heat. Clean ceramic briquette barriers by flipping them over so the greasy side faces the burners. Replace the grates, light the burners, close the lid, and set the flame on high for 15 minutes. Shut off the gas, let the grates cool down to "warm," and scrub them with a brass bristle brush (not metal, which can scratch them) or wadded-up aluminum foil. Metal barriers can be cleaned with soapy water and tend to last longer.

Burner Assembly

Inspect and clean your burner of food and grease droppings regularly to avoid problems. Lift out the unit and clean all the parts with a soft cloth and soapy water. If burner ports appear clogged, use a toothpick or drill bit to open up the burner ports.

Red Brass Cast Burners found in the Estate Series

The Inside – Sides and Bottom

Food and grease droppings gather on the grill's sides and bottom, causing corrosion, toxins, and even fire hazards. To clean the grill's insides, use a stainless steel cleaner or soapy water with a soft cloth. Use a plastic putty knife to help scrape away tough buildups and debris. Please stay away from any polishes or protectants, as they leave a film and discolor with the high heat.

The Outside

The outside is the "money maker," so to speak, because it's what everyone sees, and keeping it clean, shiny, and scratch-free is just as crucial as its function. Only use cleaners made for stainless steel and nonmetallic microfiber soft clothes to keep the shine and distinctive look you have come to love. Also, be careful when using stainless steel polishes around the firebox because they leave a film that can discolor under intense heat. Regular cleaning is a must, especially in areas near the coast where the salty ocean air and mist can cause extra corrosion to even the most durable metals.

The Encore Grill ready for your next pool party

More Grilling Tips and Resources from American Made Grills

Level up your grilling game with a wealth of tips and resources from American Made Grills. Whether you're seeking expert advice, mouth-watering recipes, or detailed how-to guides, we've got you covered. Here are some invaluable resources to help you master the art of grilling:

Grilling Techniques and Tutorials

Our comprehensive guides cover everything from basics to advanced techniques. Learn how to achieve the perfect sear, control flare-ups, and maintain consistent temperatures for flawless results every time. Explore our grilling techniques and tutorials.

Amazing Grilled Recipes for you to try

Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion

Find inspiration with our collection of recipes for all tastes and occasions. From juicy steaks and tender chicken to flavorful vegetables and seafood, we offer step-by-step instructions and tips to create unforgettable meals.

Discover our delicious recipes.

The Grilling 101 Series

Are you new to grilling or looking to refine your skills? Our Grilling 101 series covers all the essentials, including how to clean and maintain your grill, choose the right fuel, and master heat control. Learn the basics with our Grilling 101 series.

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Seasonal Grilling Tips

Make the most of every season with our handy tips and tricks for grilling in any weather. From cold-weather grilling to cooking for a crowd, we've got you covered with expert advice and techniques.

'How To' Guides

From cleaning your grill to troubleshooting common issues, our 'How To' guides provide step-by-step instructions and expert tips to keep your grill in top shape and ensure delicious results every time you cook.

Maintenance and Care Guides

Keep your grill in pristine condition with our maintenance and care guides. Learn the best practices for cleaning, storing, and maintaining your grill to ensure it performs at its best for years to come.

Here’s to Happy Grilling!

We love the outdoors and freshly grilled meals, but a dirty grill is gross, contaminates food, and limits your grill's performance. Regular maintenance and cleaning are the keys to keeping your stainless steel gas grill looking new and pristine.