No matter what brand of flat top grill you have, it’s cooktop is going to get dirty each time you use it. It’s very important to clean the cooktop after each use to prevent damage and protect the griddle. It also ensures you’re ready to go next time you fire it up to cook.
One very important housekeeping item to mention is that you do not use soap to clean your flat top as this will remove the seasoning you’ve worked hard to build. Without the seasoning, the griddle is unprotected and won’t offer the non stick surface you’re looking for.
The only time you use soap to clean your griddle is when you first unbox it and are about to do the initial seasoning. Let’s take a look at the cleaning process.
Cleaning Your Flat Top Grill:
Each time you finish cooking, you’ll want to clean the cooktop and apply a thin layer of cooking oil. Here’s what you’ll need to get the job done and keep your griddle in great condition.
What you’ll need:
- Heat resistant gloves or tongs
- Cooking oil
- Paper towels or cotton cloth
- Scraper or spatula
Step 1 – Clean:
Set the burners to low and start by scraping the entire griddle surface using your scraper or spatula. Scrape all the remaining food bits and grease into the griddle’s grease trap. Squirt some water on while scraping as needed to help loosen any stuck on food. The steam created will help get any remaining food off.
Next, using heat resistant gloves or tongs, wipe down the entire cooktop surface with paper towels or a cotton cloth. Once the surface is free of food and excess grease, you can turn off the burners and proceed to oil application step.
Step 2 – Oil:
Now that the surface is clean you’ll want to apply a thin layer of oil on the griddle cooktop. Take your cooking oil of choice and spread a very thin layer across the flat top using a paper towel or cotton cloth. Ensure you coat the entire surface and keep the layer of oil you’re applying very thin.
Leaving too much oil on the surface can lead to flaking and other issues so don’t use too much. If it looks like there is excess, just use paper towels to absorb it.
Step 3 – Cover:
To further protect your griddle, it’s strongly recommended you have a hard or soft cover and preferably both if possible. If you’re only going to use one, go with the soft cover over the hard. This will prevent dust and moisture from collecting on the griddle which could cause rust or other damage. The more you can avoid the elements getting to the cook top, the better.
Once the flat top cooking surface has cooled entirely, place the cover(s) on the griddle. Don’t forget to close the propane valve on the tank if you haven’t already. Now you’re griddle is clean, protected and ready to go for the next cooking session.
Optional Cleaning Tools/Kits:
You may see cleaning tools or griddle cleaning kits for sale. These are not absolutely necessary as you can complete the cleaning successfully with the list of items covered above in our cleaning instructions.
That being said, you may still find value in them and notice they do a better job than just a scraper, paper towels and water alone.
If it looks like a product you would use or might make the process easier than feel free to give them a whirl.
If you are consistent about cleaning and applying oil to your flat top grill after each cooking session, it will last you a long time. You’ll save yourself from the headaches of rusting, flaking or having to re-season it all over again.
Remember to follow these steps and be careful when cleaning so you don’t accidently burn yourself. The cooktop will still be (and should be) hot while cleaning it. Use the proper tools and safety precautions and you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.