Tips for Cleaning a Commercial Grill

For the uninitiated, a commercial grill is a versatile cooking equipment that is a common feature in almost any commercial kitchen. Some people also refer to it as a flattop stove, a griddle or even, a cooktop. Made of stainless steel, the grill comes into use for a diverse range of cooking techniques. Some cooks use it for toasting, simmering, shallow frying and stir frying. Others use it for braising, baking, roasting and sautéing. In many cases, cooks use grills for preparing hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers. But, grills are also useful for preparing omelettes, fish tacos, pizzas, grilled steaks etc. Many commercial kitchen owners store some of the basic ingredients for these dishes in their kitchen fridges. This makes it easier to prepare the final dishes, once someone places an order.

In restaurants that offer seafood, flattop grills are the appliance of choice. These appliances resemble flat pieces of steel. However, some varieties might be convex in the centre, to facilitate the capture and disposal of excess juices or grease. Because the dishes prepared with grills often produce a lot of juice and grease, cleaning these appliances each day becomes a necessity. Larger establishments typically hire industrial cleaning firms for cleaning their appliances. But, for smaller establishments, each dollar saved is invaluable. As such, they will need to clean their appliances by themselves.

When you’re cleaning your commercial deep fryers and grills, you will need to:

  • Wipe off the excess grease off the grill with paper towels until there is no grime or residue
  • Scrape off any burnt-on grease or food with a plastic paint scraper
  • Wipe off any leftover burnt debris with a fresh paper towel
  • Make a thick paste of water and baking soda, as thick as toothpaste, smear it over the grill and leave it for 30 minutes
  • Rub it in circular motions with a wash cloth until the surface forms a haze
  • Clean the commercial grill by applying apple cider vinegar all over the cooking surface and letting it be for some time
  • Wipe off the surface once bubbles start to appear
  • Fill a spray bottle with lukewarm water and a teaspoon of mild detergent, spray it on the commercial grill and let it rest for about 20 minutes and,
  • Wipe the grill with a dish cloth and dry the surface with paper towels