How should I care for my stainless steel grill? Can I clean rust off of my grill?

Care and Cleaning of Your Stainless Steel Grill

Routine cleaning is necessary to preserve the appearance and corrosion resistance of Stainless Steel. There is a misconception among many people that stainless steel will not rust. That is not the case in certain conditions. Rust marks are regular steel particles that have become attached to the surface of stainless steel. They may also occur if you are using a steel wool or wire wool scouring pad instead of a nylon scouring pad to clean your grill. In coastal areas, small rust pits may develop on the surface of your grill that cannot be fully removed by a cleaner. Concentrated bleaches and other solutions containing chlorine can also cause rust pits and should not be used on stainless steel. Cooking creates smoke that may eventually coat and discolor the stainless steel surface. Grease fires will darken the stainless steel surface, but will not affect the integrity of the steel. Periodic cleaning of the cooking surface and inside of the grill helps decrease the risk of an unwanted fire. The methods below are suggestions for cleaning stainless steel surfaces. Choose a cleaning method appropriate for your needs. It is recommended that you use a Char-Broil® grill cover to help prolong the life and prevent discoloration of your grill.


Routine Care

After each use, let your grill cool and then wipe the grill with a soft, damp, soapy cloth and rinse with clean water. It is important to remove any food particles, marinades or sauces from the stainless steel surface of your grill. Most marinades are highly acidic and can damage stainless steel. DO NOT USE STEEL OR WIRE WOOL on your stainless steel. To clean, polish, and protect your stainless steel grill on a weekly basis, use Char-Broil® Stainless Steel Grill Cleaner. For quick, convenient cleaning, use Char-Broil® Stainless Steel Grill Wipes.


Stubborn Stains and Rust

Stubborn stains, discoloration and possibly rust and rust pitting can occur from cooking, exposure to harsh outdoor conditions, or extreme cooking temperatures. For stubborn rust stains and grease stains, you can restore your grill with the Stainless Steel Restoration Kit.


Good Practices for Cleaning Stainless Steel

  • Always rub or wipe in the direction of the grain or polish lines in the stainless steel surface, not across them.
  • Do not let stainless steel cleaners come in contact with painted or plastic surfaces as damage may occur.