The good news is your griddle top is not ruined. We have done extensive testing on rust on our griddle tops and have never found one to be unsavable. In fact, we have rusted griddles purposefully and found the rust can be completely and safely removed.
Please watch our griddle top restoration video (below), as it clearly describes the best process to safely remove rust. When resurfacing a griddle top, it can be helpful to use our Griddle Refurbishment Kit or 8 Piece Cleaning Kit (available through Walmart).
After resurfacing your griddle top, please ensure you properly season your griddle to prevent future rust. With proper care, you won't have to go through this process again. Here’s a helpful video that explains the science of a good griddle seasoning.
Some other tips to help prevent rust are:
- Always apply a light and even layer of oil to your griddle after use to help lock out moisture and protect your seasoning.
- If you are using a soft cover, tent it up in the middle with a bucket or a ball so water can drain off it.
- If you have a smaller griddle, consider flipping the griddle top upside down after use.
- If you live somewhere humid like costal or southern states, consider purchasing a hard cover or taking your griddle top inside after use.
- When you clean your griddle, use a little water when needed and a hard metal scraper. Harsh scrubbing can harm your seasoning.
Let me know if you have any other questions.