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Care & Cleaning

Care & Cleaning for your GrillGrates 

Hard Anodized GrillGrates tolerate high grill heat up to temperatures of 850℉, and are easily cleaned using a traditional grill brush or our Grate Valley Brush. Hard anodizing creates an ultra-hard and dense surface layer that can not be easily scratched or chipped off. This hardness helps prevent food and grilling debris from sticking. Replace your grill brush often! 2-3 times a year if you grill regularly.

Three stages of GrillGrates

The sequence of seasoning GrillGrates over time as demonstarted over a 2 month time period.

Seasoning grates with an onion

Rub your GrillGrates down with an onion prior to your first cook during heat up.

Onion Patina

An onion will lay down a rock hard, super slick layer of "patina" that is virtually non-stick.

Prior to first use:

Clean your grill! Clean your grease trap, inspect your burners and flame tents. Remove any debris that has accumulated on the ledges in the front and back that hold the grates. This will prevent flare-ups from igniting grease and debris in the bottom of your grill. Should a grease fire occur, turn off the burners and leave the lid closed until the fire is out. Do not use water to extinguish a grease fire.

Get the Seasoning Started

Use grill spray or canola oil sparingly on top of the raised rails the first couple of times you grill. Apply oil on the rails just before grilling.  This will become unnecessary as GrillGrates season with use. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS oil your food before putting it on the grill.  Try grilling foods with a high fat content the first few times you use your GrillGrates. This will help speed up the seasoning process and is also a tasty way to break in your GrillGrates. Avoid over cleaning in the beginning to allow the grates to season and develop a non stick patina.

One of our favorite new tricks is to cut an onion in half and rub down the tops of the rails on clean grates. The onion contains an alum that creates a super slick rock hard surface on the rails of the GrillGrates. This surface is good to 1000 degrees before it will degrade. Onion also contains antibacterial compounds to help keep your GrillGrates safe to cook on. Learn More about using an onion to season your GrillGrates

Tips: Use an oil with a high smoke point such as avocado oil. Don't use extra virgin olive oil. It smokes at 400ºF and gets sticky.

On the Grill Cleaning

Clean the rails during warm-up with our Grate Valley Grill Brush or a standard grill brush or pad. Less is more. The technique is more wiping than aggressive brushing. Use the GrateTool™ to keep debris out of the valleys. Our New Grill & Grate Cleaner in tandem with our Commercial Grill Brush will keep your GrillGrates in tip top shape. 

Tips: Don’t do high heat burn off after grilling, this only bakes on debris. Turn off your grill and enjoy your meal. Brush GrillGrates during warm up for easy cleaning.

The Grate Valley Brush
The Commercial Grill Brush
The Grate Detailing Tool
New Grill and Grate Cleaner
Rotate Your Grates

Pro Tip: Try running your set of GrillGrates with a couple of them flipped over, rails down. The benefits are two-fold: you’ll have an area on your grill that can be used as a griddle AND by getting in the habit of occasionally rotating the grates they will essentially self-clean.

OFF the Grill Cleaning

Hard Anodized GrillGrates can also be cleaned in the sink. Sink cleaning is optional, but effective, especially after marinades and sauces have burned and collected in the valleys, or after the GrillGrates have seen months of continuous use!

Soak GrillGrates in the sink or washtub with regular dish soap or some Simple Green. Do not use harsh cleaners that would require you to wear gloves. The chemicals can potentially react with the aluminum and cause it to pit. Use a sponge or brillo on the raised rails, which will come clean with little effort. All other surfaces will blacken and become part of the seasoning so sink cleaning should be done only occasionally to preserve the seasoning.

Off the grill cleaning of GrillGrates
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