How to Clean Grill Grates
Updated August 18, 2021
Different types of barbecue grills grates should be cleaned in different ways. Here’s how:
Types of Grill Grate and How to Clean Them
Stainless steel grill grates
Stainless steel grates are lightweight so they will heat up fast. Stainless steel is durable but not corrosion-proof. This means that your grill grate will have more food stick to the corroded part. Never clean stainless steel with metal brushes or steel wool.
An aluminum foil is the easiest and least abrasive thing you can use to clean stainless steel. Here’s how.
Warning: Always be careful in case your grill grate is hot. Alway cool it down first to avoid burn injuries.
Step 1: Mix 2 cups of water and 2 cups vinegar
Step 2: Pour the mix in a spray bottle
Step 3: Spray on both sides of your grill
Step 4: Let it soak
Step 5: Scrub the grills using an aluminum foil or use a safer all-purpose power scrubber brush
Enamel coated grill grates
Enamel coated grills will have iron or steel in the core. An enamel-coated grill grate heats up faster but food doesn’t stick to it as much as with the stainless steel grates. So it’s easier to clean than stainless steel or iron cast grill grates.
Here are the steps to clean an enamel coated grill grates:
Step 1: Let the grates cool completely then cover them with a power washer for around 10 minutes.
Step 2: Take a container and fill it with warm water. Add dish soap or commercial detergent.
Step 3: Soak the grill grates in the water with dish soap. Completely submerge them in the solution.
Step 4: Hose up the grill grates once you are done soaking them and wash with clean water.
Step 5: Put the grill grate on a towel then use a bristle brush to remove the remaining residues.
Step 6: Clean off any remaining residues with a soft rag.
Step 7: Rinse the racks again and allow them to air dry.
NOTE: There are brushes with special porcelain bristles or bristled brush like the Crown Choice Grill Brush that you can use to remove any other remaining residues.
Cast iron grill grates
Cast iron grill is the best grill grates you can use. They need, however, constant maintenance. When cleaning a cast iron grate, it is important to season and clean it after each use.
Cleaning cast iron grates
Step 1: Before the grates cool down, wipe them with a paper towel
Step 2: If there are residues of food on the grates, use a wire brush or nylon scourer to remove them.
Step 3: After brushing the grill grates, wipe them again to ensure that they are free from remaining food residues.
Step 4: Use a cleaning solution to remove oils.
Step 5: Wash with clean water
If the cooked food doesn’t come off despite brushing, do the following:
Step 6: If you have white vinegar, rub the surface of the grill with the solution.
Step 7: Let it sit for 15-30 minutes until it dissolves the remaining residues.
Step 8: Use a brush or scourer to remove the remaining particles.
Step 9: Clean with commercial cleaners and water.
Step 10: Mix water and baking soda to create a paste.
Step 11: Apply the paste and let it sit for a few hours
Step 12: Scrub the grill to remove the remaining residues.
Step 13: Clean with dish soap or commercial cleaners and water.
Step 14: If you need a more abrasive solution, mix water and a thick paste of kosher salt.
Step 15: Apply the paste and let it sit for a few hours.
Step 16: Scrub the grill to remove the remaining residues.
Step 17: Clean with dish soap and water.
NOTE: After cleaning, season the iron cast grill grate with olive oil to prevent rust from building up. Do this occasionally as preventive maintenance.
Clean Grill Grates Using the Crown Choice Grill Brush
If you love grilling, it’s important that you also take care of the barbecue grills that you use so that they last longer.
You need the right material and cleaning solutions to care for your barbecue grills
Using the Crown Choice Grill Brush and commercial solutions like Bar Keepers Friend can definitely help you clean your grill grates and make them look brand new.
Visit The Crown Choice and check out the Grill brush and other Crown Choice products.