Grill mats are typically made from a flexible, heat-resistant material, like Silicone, Copper, or Teflon, and coated with PTFE. PTFE is a chemical compound used to coat all varieties of non-stick cookware. BBQ Grill Mats are differentiated based on the flexible material that they’re made out of. Here are some tips to help you care and Storage your grill mats:
Care And Maintenance
For best results, clean the grill mat as soon as possible after each use. Fortunately, the material cleans up so easily, this doesn’t represent much of a chore.
Steer clear of abrasive materials, such as steel wool or scouring pads. We would also not recommend the use of harsh detergents, as these may be able to penetrate the nonstick surface.
Most of the time, the mat will come clean when it’s wiped thoroughly with a nylon scrubbing pad after a dunk in hot, soapy water. If any lingering grease or other residue remains, soak the grill mat in a soapy sink for about an hour, then rinse and wipe clean as you normally would.
If using the dishwasher, first check the label to make sure your mat is dishwasher-safe. Always load the mat on the top rack and use the hot water cycle. This should eliminate any residue.
Whichever cleaning method you prefer, make sure to wipe the mat dry with a clean microfiber cloth or paper towel before putting it away.
Pieces of nonstick cookware should never be stacked atop one another. This will cause scratches to form in the surface, which means they’ll have to be replaced that much sooner. Store your grilling mat at a safe distance from any metal cookware. If space constraints force you to stack it, at least make sure it’s always sitting at the top of the pile.
With the proper care, your grill mat can last up to 3 years. Some brands offer a double layer of PTFE, which may increase its lifespan by a year or two. If you plan on using your grill mat on a regular basis, it might be worth the money to invest in one of these more durable models.
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