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Stainless Steel Grill Cleaning and Maintenance

Ah, summer! Every grill enthusiast’s dream season. The time of year back gardens become packed with people looking to socialise and enjoy some tasty, home-grilled delicacies. It’s also the perfect time to show off with your new gas grill to friends and family. However, regular BBQ gatherings, although fun, come with much-unwanted responsibilities.

A good example of such is the often required stainless steel grill maintenance. And as we all know, that can be a bit of a chore. Especially, when you don’t know how and where to start. Lucky for you, this guide is here to help you choose the best way to clean your stainless steel grill (from top to bottom).

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Continue reading if you:

  • Own a stainless steel grill you’ve neglected recently
  • Have a profound love for outdoor BBQ grills but don’t know how to maintain them
  • Threw a garden BBQ party last week and now have to clean your grill

Cleaning stainless steel grill grates

When cleaning your grill, it’s always a good idea to start with the grates. Not only are they the parts that accumulate the most burnt grease and grime, but are also the first thing your guests see when they look at your grill. And to top it all off, their bad state can even taint the taste of your otherwise high-quality steaks. However, to your benefit, there are a few ways you can easily restore your grates to their former glory.

Using heat to remove burnt-on grease and grime

To do this, place the grates inside the grill, close the lid and crank it up to the highest temperature. Wait for around 10-15 minutes and turn the grill off. Thanks to the high heat, the grease will loosen and become brittle. Follow up by using a quality grill brush to remove the leftover residue from the grates. Finish things off with a good hose down in case there’s any remaining debris.

If you decide to use a grill brush when cleaning your stainless steel grill, choose one with a solid head. Always check if the bristles are still intact after each use!

Cleaning stainless steel grill grates with the help of soapy water

“Can you clean grill grates with soap and water?” is a question that pops up around online now and then. The answer to it is quite simple – yes, you can! Dipping your grill grates in soapy water is a great way to loosen all the burnt food and grease stuck to them

Start by filling a plastic tub with hot water and a considerable amount of washing detergent. Be sure to use a tub big enough to fit the grates you’re looking to clean. Add half a cup of baking soda to the mix and stir the mixture thoroughly. Once the soda has dissolved, place the stainless steel grill grates in the tub and let them sit there for a few hours.

When the time comes, use an industrial scrub pad to scrub all the debris off the grates. Add the finishing touches by rinsing the grills with your trusted hose and voila!

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Cleaning stainless steel grill grates with vinegar 

This method is not only completely eco-friendly but also very effective in cleaning rust from the grill grates. All you will need is a sturdy plastic bag, vinegar, and some baking soda. 

  • Place the grates in the plastic bag.
  • Mix half a litre of white vinegar and 250 mg of baking soda thoroughly. Then dump the mixture in the bag.
  • Leave the grates to soak overnight.
  • Scrub and rinse completely the following morning.
  • Now the grates are ready to go back into the grill.
Never use bleach to clean stainless steel grates!

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Looking after your grill’s interior

Every grill enthusiast knows that the interior is where all the magic happens! However, when used frequently without proper maintenance, a grill can start showing its wear and tear. Therefore, it’s good to keep the interior of your gas grill not only sanitary but also well maintained to make sure your stainless steel love lasts you for years to come.

So, here is how to clean and maintain the inside of a stainless steel grill.

  • Lid – The inside of your grill’s lid is a magnet for carbon. Produced by the abundance of smoke and grease when cooking, this residue resembles peeling paint. Although non-toxic, it can influence the taste of your food, when small flakes fall in it. Cleaning the inside of the lid is quite simple. 
    Use a stainless steel grill brush to remove all the carbonised grease stuck to the grill. Then finish off by using a soapy sponge to add the finishing touches. To avoid future carbon build-up, clean the inside of the lid every time after use with a paper towel (while it’s still warm, but not hot).
  • Metal Plate Burner Covers – Make sure the gas is off and then using a plastic scraper, scrape the metal plates. If the plates require a more thorough type of cleaning, use some grate cleaner in conjunction with a scrubber pad.
  • Burner Tubes – Any residue stuck to the burner can restrict the gas flow, preventing the grill from working properly. To remove the grime off the burner, brush the porthole with an up and down motion, using a steel wire brush (always use a new unused brush). Avoid brushing the burners lengthwise as this will just move the debris from one hole to the next.
  • Cook Box – Cleaning the cook box is quite simple, but that doesn’t make it any less important.It plays a huge role in how the grill performs. Stop the gas of your stainless steel grill and wait for it to cool down. Then, remove the grates and the metal plates. With the help of your trusty stainless steel grill brush, remove all the grease and debris stuck to the cook box. Use the bottom tray underneath the box to collect all the debris. When done with the scraping, dispose of all the crust in the tray, then wipe it along with the cook box.
  • Bottom Tray & Catch Pan – The bottom tray and grease catch pan must always be kept clean and devoid of debris. This prevents any spontaneous grease fires from engulfing your gas grill while also keeping unwanted critters away. Start by cleaning the tray with some warm, soapy water and then gently wash it with the help of a steel wool pad. The catch pan, on the other hand, needs to be inspected monthly and replaced if needed.

And that is how you clean the inside of your gas, stainless steel grill.

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Cleaning the outside of a stainless steel grill

As all of us here know, stainless steel grills are a thing of glory. They’re sleek, shiny and look amazing in just about anyone’s back garden. Their only downfall is that they easily attract dirt, grime, oil, and other unsavoury for the eyes, junk. So, here’s how to clean your stainless steel BBQ exterior.

Cleaning stainless steel surfaces

Spray the stainless steel grill hood with a non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner. Make sure it’s one designed for outdoor products and grills. With the help of a microfibre cloth, scrub in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel. This method works for any exterior stainless steel surface of the grill.

Do not use any stainless steel polishes or paper towels when cleaning the outside of your grill!

Cleaning porcelain enamelled and plastic components

These parts should be cleaned only using warm soapy water. Be sure to wipe them with a good microfibre cloth. Once done with that, rinse them and leave them to dry well.

Having a nice outdoor stainless steel grill can make for some great BBQs but it does come with its responsibilities. Maintaining and cleaning it may seem tricky and tedious. That, however, isn’t really the case. With some good old elbow grease and knowledge of grill cleaning hacks, you’ll be a grill cleaning pro before you even know it!


  • Stainless steel grills need to be cleaned and maintained regularly in order to work properly and last longer.
  • A stainless steel grill brush is a must for cleaning the interior of any stainless steel grill.
  • Harsh chemicals and polishes should be avoided when cleaning gas grills.


We hope you found this article a helpful, interesting and fun read! If you have some stainless steel grill cleaning tricks of your own, be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

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