How to Clean a Flat Top Grill

Updated February 21, 2017

Cleaning your grill after each use will extend its lifetime. No matter what type of grill you own, proper maintenance will also eliminate bacteria and grease on the grill and make the food taste better. The products used to clean a grill can be found around your home and are free of chemicals. Always remember to place the grill away from your home before you begin the project to allow for a safe and easy cleaning process.

Turn on the grill, and let it heat up to a medium heat. Put on safety glasses to prevent eye injury before you begin cleaning the grill.

Combine two-thirds water to one-third vinegar in a container. Shake well and pour onto the grill. The steam will evaporate and lift off the heavy debris. Allow it to evaporate for 1 to 2 minutes.

Pour 1 to 2 cups of vegetable oil on the grill. Use a grill brick, which is made of lava rock, and scrub with medium pressure. Repeat this step if needed. When it's properly cleaned, you should be able to see your refection in the grill.

Using a clean cloth or towel, and wipe down the grill to remove the last pieces of debris and grease. Using a slightly damp and oiled cloth works well.

Allow the grill to dry for 1 to 2 hours before grilling.


Always clean the grill after each use. Post-use cleaning will maintain the grill, allowing it to work better, longer, and without leaving a bad taste on the food.

After cleaning the grill, place a protective cover over it, and store it in an enclosed space. This will prevent the grill from rusting as well as decrease dirt buildup.


Always wear safety glasses when cleaning the grill.

Place the grill at least 10 feet from the house to ensure a safe outdoor cooking space.

Things You'll Need

  • Grill
  • Safety glasses
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Grill brick
  • Towels
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