How to Remove Rust From the Char-Griller Flat Iron®

Keep your Char-Griller Flat Iron Gas Griddle in perfect condition by ensuring it stays rust free. Don't be alarmed if a little rust appears from time to time; it's completely natural for your griddle to corrode a little from time to time. We're going to teach you how to remove that pesky rust, leaving your Char-Griller Flat Iron Gas Griddle looking better than ever!

How to Remove the Rust:

To remove the rust off of your griddle, you'll need a few things: rags, heat-resistant gloves, a metal scraper, cooking oil, grill stones or sandpaper, and citrus acid.

Start by putting on your heat resistant gloves and turn your griddle onto high-heat for 20 minutes. This will loosen the rust, so it's easier to remove. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat to let the griddle cool down. It's important to note that the rust will not harden immediately, but you don't want to wait too long after cutting off the heat to clean.

While the rust is still soft, take your metal scraper and begin to scrape the rust off. The rust should come off relatively easy. Be sure to dispose of the rust after scraping it! Continue this process until the griddle surface feels smooth against your scraper. You'll then pour a few tablespoons of your cooking oil onto the surface of the griddle. Be sure that you evenly coat the entirety of the griddle. Then, scrub it down with a grill stone (sandpaper can be used as a substitute). You can also add a little lemon juice or vinegar if you want. Don't press down too hard; you don't damage the griddle's metal.

Once you're done scrubbing, use the rags to wipe off the rust and oil. Repeat this process until the oil starts looking clean when you wipe it off.

After your griddle is clean and rust-free, you can season it as a finishing step! Seasoning your griddle is important because it acts as a protective layer and prevents corrosion in the future. Feel free to check out our blog on How to Season your Griddle if you need help with this step!

Once you're done seasoning, add a few more drops of cooking oil for an extra protective layer.

How to Prevent Rusting:

To keep your griddle in tip-top shape, you need to ensure its protected from water, as water is one of the ingredients for rust.

  • After each time you cook on your griddle, add an extra layer of cooking oil. It only takes a few tablespoons of oil and a quick wipe down.
  • Store your griddle in a cool and dry environment.
  • Purchase a heavy-duty cover to protect your griddle from wear and tear.
  • Lastly, if you don't use your griddle that often, check up on it once a month to check for rust.