How to maintain your BBQ

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With BBQ season upon us our Cal Flame grills are seeing a lot of use.  With regular use it’s important to keep your grill well maintained as to avoid any mishaps. Here are some tips to keep your grill in prime condition.

To ensure safe and proper maintenance, we recommend you follow these directions carefully.

Clean internal parts of the grill regularly as determined by the amount of use and foods cooked. The entire grill should be cleaned at least once a year.

In addition, keep the area around your grill clear and free from combustible materials, gasoline, and other flammable vapors and liquids. Do not obstruct the flow of combustion and ventilation air.


  • Dust surfaces frequently
  • Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
  • Blot up spills immediately
  • Test scouring pads in a small area first
  • Use a silicone sealer on grout joints if continuous staining is a problem
  • Stains should be dealt with as follows:
    • Grease and fats – Soda and water or commercial sport lifter
    • Inks and colored dyes – Household bleach
    • Blood – Hydrogen Peroxide or household bleach
    • Coffee, tea, food, fruit, lipstick,  juices – Neutral cleaner in hot water followed by hydrogen peroxide or household bleach
  • Use a cutting board to avoid chipping
  • Avoid hard blows
  • Remove liquids immediately
  • Read and follow label directions for all cleaners
  • Use the below products on stainless steel:
    • Mild dish detergent ( such as Dawn )
    • Formula 409
    • Fantastik
    • Sheila Shine ( Exterior ONLY )
    • WD-40 ( Exterior ONLY )
  • Baking soda, olive oil,  or club soda can be effective for cleaning light soil on all stainless steel surfaces
  • Use a damp sponge or cloth for light soil and use Scotch-Brite scrubber or similar products on heavier stains
  • Apply surface protector to all exposed stainless steel surfaces.
  • Periodically clean exterior stainless steel surfaces with WD-40 or Sheila Shine. Wipe down with a dry cloth or paper towel until surface is free of rust if any.
  • Cover your grill when not in use
  • Keep this information and refer to it when necessary.


  • Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
  • Don’t mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas
  • Avoid using these on your stainless steel:
    • CLR
    • Lime-Away
    • Oven Cleaner
    • Cleansers such as Ajax or Comet
    • Ammonia
    • Bleach
    • Chlorine
    • Steel wool Pads
    • Wire brushes
    • Scrapers
    • Pumice
  • Do not use steel wool or wire brushes to scrub your grill.


General cleanliness and polishing can be achieved by using our Cleaning and Polishing Towel available at Quick BBQ Parts. Click the below image to learn more!

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