Stainless Steel Cleaning

Maintaining and cleaning your grill is one of the key elements of grill ownership. It is not only important to clean the inside of your grill, but it is also important to clean the exterior of your grill. This can be especially tricky if you have a stainless steel grill. So check out the video below for some great tips on maintaining your stainless steel grill and eliminating surface rust.

What are your thoughts? (18)


Robert M

I finally found the solution to surface rust on my Weber grill! It has been driving me nuts. I have a chlorinated pool and I live on salt water.

I am a charter boat captain and I noticed the dock attendant removing surface rust from all the stainless fuel pumps a couple days ago. After asking, he told me they use Sno Bol toilet cleaner to remove the rust. I was skeptical, but I just used it on my grill and it finally looks like brand new. I did some light rubbing and that was it! I was using Bar Keeps before, but that required a lot of with-the-grain scrubbing and seemed to put super light scratching in the metal. This did not and was effortless. If I knew this solution was actually going to work so well, I would have taken before and after pictures.

I hope this help someone like it helped me. The dock guy said they used either Tidy Bowl or Sno Bol. Both work as well.

Super happy right now! lol!



Edwin R

I'm frustrated. I chose to purchase a Weber
Spirit for my husbands anniversary gift on May 27 2015. We've always had less expensive grills and since we are now in our 50's I thought it was a great time to invest in a class act grill. Less than 7 weeks old and the side tables are starting to rust!! It is covered by a beautiful heavy Weber cover. I wrote to customer service and they informed me to use Weber stainless cleaner or Knoxon. But....stainless is not supposed to rust!! As I've read through many postings, many people are suffering from rust spots or pitting. As our grill is brand new, I am upset that this may be a recurring problem. Sad to say, our less expensive grills, left out in the elements never rusted....except for the cleaning grates.


John Burns

Hello Edwin, thank you for your question. Depending on the environmental conditions in your area, the stainless steel surfaces of your grill will require more or less periodic maintenance. The best, and easiest thing to do is to wipe down the grill with a clean, damp microfiber cloth. Stainless steel cleaners and polishes can be used as well, but if you use a stainless steel cleaner, make sure to then wipe down the grill with a clean, damp cloth when you are done. How often you’ll need to perform maintenance on the grill will depend on your local environment. If it seems like the issue is persisting or worsening I’d advise calling us back at Weber Customer Service for further assistance. Thanks, John


Jean W

I have a Genesis grill purchased last summer (2014). There are small rust spots all over the right hand side table. The left side looks fine. I keep this grill under a covered patio roof and it is covered when not in use. I cleaned it about a month ago, and these spots were not there at that time. How can I remove them?


Kevin Kolman

If you can find it, I would use the Weber Exterior cleaner on those surface rust spots. This should remove them. I would then utilize the Weber Stainless Steel cleaner. Always a good idea to use the cleaner every 2-3 weeks to keep the surface clean. Hope this helps and if you need any last minute grilling advice you can find me on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!


Aaron A

I have a weber spirit (less than a year old) and the last time I used the grill i wiped the stainless steel panel where the knobs are and the side panels down with a damp cloth to clean the grease. I let it dry and put the cover on for a few weeks. Took it off today and it was all pitted with rust! Is there anything you recommend to resolve this?? Help!


Kevin Kolman

I would recommend using the Weber exterior cleaner on the tables and remove the surface rust. Then follow it with the Weber Stainless Steel cleaner. This should take care of the problems you are having. If you continue to see the surface corrosion please let our customer service know at 800-446-1071 and if you need any future advice you can find me here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!


Carol B

What is the best product for the inside of the lid? My lid is coated with black layer and kind of flaking off. Any suggestions?


Kevin Kolman

Hi Carol!
Not to worry! What you are seeing is carbonized grease and that will clean right off. Check out my blog on cleaning the lid here: If you have any other questions you can find me here or on Twitter or Facebook at Kevin's Backyard. Happy Grilling


Warren F

I have an eight month old stainless steel Sprit grill. The lid is taking on light brownish look already, like it is getting tarnished. The grill is not near a pool or near sea water. What do you recommend to remove the tarnish on the lid?


Kevin Kolman

I would recommend using the Weber Stainless Steel cleaner on that surface. You can also use the Weber Exterior Cleaner first, just make sure you spray it on and let it work itself into the lid for 5-7 minutes. I would also do the same with the Stainless Steel Cleaner. Learn more by going here: Keep me posted, hope this helps and Happy Grilling!!


Keera S

I live in Canada and our winter is just coming to an end. I use my Genesis E320 all year long. Unfortunately I was not able to keep it covered all winter long, due to snow falling while using the grill. I was wondering what I could use to clean/scrub all of the dirt and salt that has dried on the stainless steel, as well as, the coated hood?

Is there anything that works well to clean the grates, inside of the hood and sides?

Thank you.


Kevin Kolman

Keera, I would recommend using mild dish detergent along warm water and a sponge on all surfaces. This does a pretty good job. I also like using Weber’s Exterior Grill Cleaner on all exterior surfaces, followed by the Stainless Steel Cleaner. If you are noticing hard to remove spots, try spraying the cleaner on the surface and letting it sit for 5-7 minutes and then wipe clean. Always use a microfiber lint cloth when cleaning stainless steel surfaces and make sure you go with the grain. Hope this helps and keep me posted! Happy Grilling!!


Wayne E

I just found this website after several years of cleaning my S320 with Comet and other harsh chemicals. It is now horribly rusted and looks terrible. Is there any way to repair the damage? If not, can you point me to a source for a new lid? I've had no luck finding one on my own. Thanks



Kevin Kolman

I am very sorry to hear about your lid. Stainless steel is very challenging to keep clean especially if you use the wrong chemicals. One recommendation is to try using a stainless steel cleaner first let is sit on the stainless for 10-15 minutes and then go over it with a polish. Second recommendation is to call Weber’s Customer Service at 800-446-1071 and tell them about your situation. I am sure they will be able to help. Keep me posted on what happens.


Dayba C

I am confused. I have watched two of your videos on cleaning and maintaining my grill. One of my main concerns is surface rust. Both videos advise about not using a paper towel, and only a microfiber towel and the videos also state that a stainless steel cleaner not a polish should be used as polishes add coating which can discolor the stainless when heated. Based on these instructions I have looked for a stainless steel cleaner that didn't contain polish. Which I have not been able to find. However there is a suggestion to use Weber Stainless Steel Polish and when looking at the product description on your web site the directions from Weber suggest using a paper towel or a microfiber cloth. This appears to conflict other guidelines on your website as to what products can be used and how to apply them. Can you please clarify.


Kevin Kolman

Hi Dayba,

Great notes on the cleaning blogs. First, please let me say thank you for the interest in keeping your Weber grill clean. That is something a lot of people struggle with, so great job being proactive. To answer your question, the videos you are referencing were filmed before the Weber Stainless Steel Polish was available. This specific polish has been tested over and over to be sure that it will not remove any of the finish or add any coating that your grill would react negatively to. When used, it will leave you with a clean grill each and every time. If you have any other questions, please let us know.

Happy Grilling!


Fred K

I bought a Weber Spirit grill at the end of July 2014, by mid August it already has surface rust on side shelves and front panel.


Kevin Kolman

Hi Fred,

Congratulations on the new Weber Spirit. Please call Weber Customer Service at 1-800-446-1071 and they should be able to help you out.

Happy Grilling!


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