Tips for Waffle Iron Care

One of the secrets to baking perfect waffles for many years to come is taking good care of your waffle iron with every use. It boils down to knowing how to clean your waffle iron and minding what comes in contact with your waffle plates during the baking process. Here are a few golden rules:

  • Always use the right tools to handle your fresh baked waffles. Heat-resistant silicone tools keep non-stick surfaces in immaculate condition, which allows waffles to easily slip off the iron.
  • Choose butter and cooking oils over artificial cooking sprays.  Butter and oil are easier to clean and will help season your waffle iron’s surface. Cooking sprays often contain chemicals that leave behind residue.

A little elbow grease and soft sponge is all you need to keep your waffle iron like new.

  • To clean your waffle iron, use a soapy, non-abrasive sponge, toothbrush or cloth to remove the grit. You may even have the option to pop the plates off your waffle iron and place them in the dishwasher.
  • Fight the temptation to let the plates sit with sugar, butter and waffle bits for too long. The waffle iron is infinitely easier to clean before the bits have had a chance to harden.
  • If you find that the bits have hardened (we understand, few can resist the lure of fresh baked waffles), we recommend the steam method to clean.  Simply spray water onto the affected areas and turn the waffle iron back on. The steam will help loosen the debris off the plates. Just be sure to unplug and let your iron cool off slightly before handling and cleaning.
  • Dry the waffle plates thoroughly before tucking your iron away.
  • Optional: lightly coat your waffle iron with a bit of oil or butter to keep your waffle iron seasoned. This is strongly recommended for cast iron waffle makers.

Maintaining your waffle iron will give you beautiful waffles for years to come!

How do you keep your waffle iron like new? Share your tip in a comment!

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  1. says

    Thanks for a interesting and useful information,

    I’ d like to ask one question,
    I have a commercial waffle maker with cast iron surface and with this method you prefer to clean a non-stick waffle makers, or even a professional waffle makers to? and if not, how you should clean a commercial waffle maker?

    Thanks in advance

    • Lisa at Waffle Pantry says

      Hello Luka. Our cleaning tips work effectively on all waffle irons, including professional-grade and cast iron waffle makers.

      In the case of caring for your cast iron waffle maker, here are a few extra tips. Soap isn’t necessary as it may remove some of your hard-earned seasoning. Our recommended steam method will clean most stuck-on food debris. If you have stubborn bits, you can use a scrubber or scraper on the cast iron as its surface is very durable.

      Most importantly, be sure to dry every nook thoroughly right after cleaning to prevent rust. Always add a light coating of oil or butter to the waffle plates before storing and your cast iron waffle maker will continue to make perfect waffles for you.

      Hope this helps and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have additional questions!

  2. says

    Hello Lisa,

    Thanks a lot for this detailed information. Now everything is much clearer to me.
    As i understood, after cleaning your waffle maker you have to add a light coating of oil or butter to the waffle plates before storing, i thought it was only essential just before baking the waffle.

    Yes, i have some additional questions and thank you for giving me a hand.
    Is it effective to use the same cast iron waffle maker alternately for a Brussels waffle and for a Liege waffle , or Liege waffle’s caramelized Pearl sugar will obstruct it?

    And one more question, usually waffle should be eaten fresh, or it would be also possible to leave it out for 30 + minutes at room temperature and than toasting it in a waffle maker for several seconds to make it again warm?

    Sorry to trouble you with this questions and thanks in advance

    • Lisa at Waffle Pantry says

      So glad to hear our tips are helping, Luka!

      You can add a coating of oil/butter to the waffle plates both before the baking process and before storing. The reason we recommend before storing is to keep the cast iron well seasoned. This helps maintain the non-stick quality of the cast iron while it is stored.

      In terms of using the same waffle iron for Brussels and Liege style waffles, cooking one or the other or both will not have any effect on the waffle maker. The main thing to keep in mind is keeping the waffle maker clean between uses.

      Also, it is ok to eat waffles off the iron or at a later time. If you find you have more than you can eat, you can either save and reheat for same day snacking or you can freeze them for a later time. You can reheat on the waffle iron, in a toaster or even in your oven.

  3. Judie says

    The next time I have stuck on batter in my non-stick Belgian waffle maker I’m considering using my handheld steam cleaner to blast away the mess. Do you think this would be OK?

    • Lisa at Waffle Pantry says

      Hi Judie,

      Spraying a bit of water onto your waffle iron and allowing the iron to heat up will usually do the trick and loosen up the mess.

      Your handheld steamer idea sounds interesting but we recommend checking the manuals for both your waffle iron and handheld steam cleaner to see if this use would be appropriate.

      Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions!

  4. Paul says

    I use Krampouz WECDHAAS 4″ x 7″ Liege-Style Waffle Maker at our restaurant. We cannot continuously turn the waffle maker off to clean with steam method. Yet we need to clean the melted pearl sugar from the waffle maker (while it is still hot) before it burns and forms a sticky solid black hardened layer. Leaving this layer on the waffle maker, reduces the caramlisation on subsequent leige waffles which leads to even a bigger mess. Is there a way to clean the plates of excess sugar on the fly. Thanks!

    • Lisa at Waffle Pantry says

      Hello Paul,

      It sounds like your waffle iron gets heavy usage on a day-to-day basis and the best thing to do would be to spot clean with a wet sponge as soon as buildup begins to appear. The sponge will help wipe away the larger bits and the excess water from the sponge will generate steam to help loosen the more stubborn debris. You can then wipe away with a cloth or clean, dry sponge.

      If you find that this method is not effective enough, you may want to invest in a set of tools such as the Krampouz Waffle Tool Kit. It’s designed by the same manufacturer as your waffle iron and will be able to get into those hard-to-reach nooks.

      As always, do exercise caution when working with and cleaning a hot waffle iron! We hope this helps!


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