Best Cleaning Practices
After using a grill pan, let it cool until it is warm to the touch. Fill it with very hot water, and let it sit for one to two minutes. Do NOT boil water in your grill pan. My main tool for cleaning is a Scotchbrite non-scratch scouring pad. Folding the pad to match the size in between the grates works very well for most situations. For some Lodge grill pans, I will also use their specially made polycarbonate pan scrapers, which are shaped to fit the grates of their pans. For all others, I use a regular Lodge pan scraper if necessary, turned at an angle when scraping the pan’s surface in between the grates. For tougher situations, I have found it useful to use a bit of kosher salt when scrubbing with the Scotchbrite pads. If you follow my advice on avoiding extreme high heat and sugar, these should be the only tools you need.
After cleaning, oil your grill pan lightly, wipe all of the oil off, and return it to a burner, upside down, on medium-high heat until it smokes lightly. This acts as a little mini seasoning session, and helps to repair any seasoning that was damaged during cooking and cleaning.