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How to Clean Grill Mats in 2022

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Grill Mats are durable and easy to clean, but cleaning them does require a little bit of time and effort. The grill mats aren’t dishwasher safe, but you can use soap and water to scrub away any grime that has accumulated over time. To keep your grill mats looking as good as new, here’s how to clean grill mats the right way.

Soak The Grill Mats

For grill mats, start by soaking them in hot water mixed with a few drops of mild detergent. After 15-20 minutes of soaking, use a scrub brush or your hands (wear gloves if you have sensitive skin) to remove any leftover food particles. After they’re clean, put them back into hot water and let them soak again for another 15-20 minutes. Then, wash them once more with detergent, rinse thoroughly and dry out with paper towels before placing them back on your grill grate.

You may need to repeat these steps several times before you see any visible improvement. If that happens, try using a stronger soap solution or consider replacing your grill mat entirely. As long as you can clean it well enough to prevent potential flare-ups and burns, it should be safe to continue using it until it eventually wears out. Just make sure that while you’re cooking,

you keep an eye on it so nothing gets stuck on it. If that happens, stop grilling immediately and get rid of whatever is stuck onto your mat—it could cause an accident while you’re cooking later down the line!

As far as drill mats go, make sure that any loose debris is removed from the first—use a vacuum cleaner or broom and dustpan to do so—and then place them in hot water mixed with dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent.

Let it Sit

The best way to clean grill mats is by simply letting them sit. This allows time for food particles, grease and grime buildup to get soaked up by the mat. Wipe away any debris that may have stuck to your mat with a rag or paper towel. The grease from these foods will start to dissolve into liquid and be ready for you to rinse.

To give your mat an extra cleaning boost, spray it down with a degreaser like Dawn Dish Soap or Scrubbing Bubbles with Bleach before letting it sit for a few hours or overnight. While some people prefer to wash their mats in a washing machine, we don’t recommend doing so as they can shrink over time. Plus, they aren’t designed to withstand high heat and heavy-duty cleaning chemicals.

A clean grill is a happy grill! Cleaning your barbecue grate regularly keeps it free of rust, burnt-on gunk, and another unwanted residue—and prevents you from having to scrub hard when you’re cooking.

We’ve got tips on how to clean different types of grills below: Charcoal Grills Charcoal briquettes leave behind some nasty stuff when they burn out—sooty carbon deposits are one thing; chemical-laden ash (it’s mostly potassium nitrate) is another.

Use A Solution

The safest and most efficient way to clean a grill is with a solution of water and dishwashing liquid. You can create your own or purchase a commercial product specifically designed for cleaning grills. These solutions will soften any leftover residue without harming your grill’s cooking surface. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub away any stubborn stains, then rinse everything thoroughly with fresh water before continuing on with your usual grilling preparations.

Cleaning Drill Mats Cleaning drill mats requires more elbow grease than cleaning regular mats because you have to get into all those tiny crevices. To clean these mats, start by sweeping them off with a broom or shaking them out outside if possible. If there are still bits of dirt that didn’t come off during your initial sweep, use a vacuum cleaner equipped with an upholstery attachment to suck up whatever you missed. Then mix one part vinegar and two parts warm water in a spray bottle and spritz it over each mat.


Some grill mats are made of a material that can be scrubbed with soap and water. Soak your mat in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes, then use a brush or dishcloth to scrub away the grime. Rinse and air dry.

If you don’t have soap on hand, you can fill your sink with hot water and add 1 cup of white vinegar. Soak your mat for at least 10 minutes; scrub it clean with a dishcloth; rinse well; then air dries it. Using vinegar is an especially good idea if your mats have started looking dingy over time because they will brighten up nicely when they’re washed.

Scrub Some More

The first thing you’ll want to do is scrub away any gunk from your grill mats. If you didn’t pre-soak them, don’t worry. A little elbow grease will do just fine. The easiest way to remove any caked-on debris is by using a drill with a brass bristle brush attachment on it.

After that, if there’s anything still left, give ’em another round of scrubbing in soapy water. To really get ’em clean, soak them in warm water and add a bit of bleach or baking soda to make sure they’re sanitized before firing up your grill again.

Rinse The Grill Mats

To remove burned-on gunk and other residues from your grill mat, simply rinse it with cold water. Make sure that you’re on a flat surface and have a container under your mat in case any water spills out of it. You may need to clean your grill mat several times in order to completely get rid of all particles.

Depending on how dirty your mat is, you might also want to consider soaking it for an hour or two before rinsing or scrubbing. Do not put a wet mat back on a hot grill! Allow it to dry completely before doing so. If you are cleaning a silicone mat, do not use anything abrasive as you could damage its nonstick properties. Clean silicone mats gently with soap and warm water.

Dishwashing liquid will work fine, but make sure that it’s mild so as not to affect its flexibility and durability. Allow them to air dry thoroughly (or dry them off using a hairdryer) before storing them away again.

Air Dry

Wipe your grill mats clean with a cloth or paper towel, but don’t machine wash them or you’ll risk damaging their special coating. Air dry your grill mats, then toss them in a storage bag until next time. For a deeper clean, try boiling them for one minute in water mixed with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.

Rinse and air dry before storing away again. If they smell funky, add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to a pot of water and bring it to a boil. Drop your mats into the pot and let them soak for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with cold water. Dry completely before using it again. If all else fails, use some good old-fashioned elbow grease:

Dip your mat in warm soapy water (no detergent), scrub with an abrasive sponge or brush and rinse clean. Lay flat on newspaper to dry completely before storing away again. If it’s still stinky after drying, sprinkle baking soda on it, leave overnight and vacuum up in the morning when dry — voila!


We have finally come to a conclusion. This post has covered quite a bit of information on how to clean grill mats. If you found it useful then please share it with your friends and family so that they too can find out how grill mats should be cleaned.

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