The Best Way to Clean a Commercial Grill


A commercial grill is a type of restaurant equipment that is also known as a flattop stove, cooktop or griddle that is generally made from stainless steel. This type of restaurant cooking equipment requires frequent cleaning due to excessive daily use. Fortunately, you can easily clean your commercial equipment with a few cheap products instead of hiring an industrial cleaning firm.

The Best Way to Clean a Commercial Grill
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Start cleaning a commercial grill by taking paper towels and wiping off excess grease. Continue wiping off all grease and residue on the restaurant cooking equipment until paper towels show no more grime. Use a plastic paint scrapper to scrape off any burnt-on grease or food. According to, avoid using metal scrappers because they can cause nicks in the finish that lead to rust over time. Take another paper towel and wipe off the leftover burnt debris on the restaurant cooking equipment.

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Purchase a box of baking soda and a bottle of apple cider vinegar to remove stubborn grease and grime from the commercial grill. Make a thick paste by using water and the baking soda. The baking soda paste must resemble toothpaste to work effectively in cleaning the industrial equipment. Smear the paste all over the equipment and leave the commercial grill alone for 15 to 25 minutes. Take a wash cloth and rub circular motions over the restaurant equipment until the surface forms a haze. Follow by cleaning the commercial grill by applying a generous amount of apple cider vinegar all over the cooking surface. Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes until it bubbles and then wipe off the surface. According to, bleach has a tendency to discolor stainless steel. Never use bleach for cleaning a stainless steel surface.

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Take a spray bottle and add a teaspoon of a mild detergent, such as dish soap. Fill the bottle with lukewarm water and begin spraying the commercial grill surface. Let the soap sit on the surface for up to 15 minutes. Use a dish cloth and wipe the equipment all over. Take paper towels and thoroughly dry the area. Use clean water to rinse any soap residue twice by dousing the food cooking area and then wiping it dry with towels. Thoroughly drying the restaurant cooking equipment ensures that no streaking or water marks will occur.

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