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

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. A mixture of dish soap and hot water will yield the best results on your grill and components when in doubt.

How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Grill Grates

The grill grates bear much of the burden during cooking and need to be cleaned after every use to prevent grease and food buildup, limit corrosion and keep your food tasting the way it's supposed to.  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 a paste of baking soda and water 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 off with a garden hose. For deeper cleaning, place the pasted grates in a large trash bag to sit overnight.

How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Grill Barriers/Radiants

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 and 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.

How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Grill Burner Assembly

Inspect and clean your burner of food and grease droppings regularly to avoid problems. Lift out the unit as a whole and clean all of 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.

How To Clean The Inside Of Your Stainless Steel Grill – Sides and Bottom

Food and grease droppings gather on the grill's sides and bottom, causing corrosion, toxins, and even fire hazards. Use a stainless steel cleaner or soapy water with a soft cloth to clean the grill's insides. 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.

How To Clean The Outside Of Your Stainless Steel Grill

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 of 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 of metals.