How to Clean a Griddle

Core Issue:

  • How can I clean sticky or greasy residue off my griddle?
  • How can I clean rust off my griddle?
  • What is the best way to clean stubborn stains from the griddle?
  • Griddle is discolored
  • Griddle gummy substance when doing burn in with oil; new griddle appears to have a coating on it
  • How to clean vent behind griddle?


Use this video or instructional steps to clean a Wolf Griddle.

Wolf Griddle Quick Start and Care

Cleaning tips start at 1:49

Wolf Griddle Cleaning

  1. Do not remove griddle for cleaning, clean it in place.
  2. Wolf suggests use of the Wolf Griddle Cleaning Kit for best results.
  3. Use a metal spatula, with square corners to scrape grease and other debris into the collection tray.
  4. While the surface is warm, pour water on so that it bubbles, like deglazing a pan.
  5. Use a spatula to scrape off burnt-on food that bubbles up.
  6. Pour on more water.
  7. Use a green Scotch-Brite™ pad with a folded towel on top to protect your hand from any steam. This will scrape/scrub the griddle surface clean.
  8. When surface has cooled, wipe it with a paper towel to remove excess grease or oil.
  9. Once clean, spray or wipe on a small amount of peanut or vegetable oil to protect surface from oxidation.
  10. If oxidation or rust (this is a natural process and is normal) appears on the griddle surface, clean it off with a fine grade steel wool.
  11. The vent behind the griddle can be cleaned by using Penny Brite, the vent can not be removed.


  • Cleaning removes sticky residue from initial burn in or regular use.
  • If sticky residue appeared after burn in, clean griddle with steps above and start the burn in cycle over using less oil than the first time.
  • To remove grease on the griddle when new prior to seasoning, clean the surface with soap and water then season it again.
  • For stubborn stains, use the green Scotch-Brite™ pad with a mild abrasive cleaner, then rinse.
  • Light scratches may occur with the Scotch-Brite™ pad, this is normal.
  • White vinegar and water or club soda (1:10 ratio vinegar to water) can be helpful for the removal of stubborn stains and or discoloring of the griddle surface.
  • Pumice or Griddle Stones can be used to clean the griddle.
  • Discoloration of the griddle surface is normal.
  • If the initial cleaning and burn in was not completed, this can be done after use.
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Refer to the product use and care guide and Wolf Cleaning Guide for further information.

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