A $20-million griddle cleaning technology may not sound like much, but it can be very effective at removing dirt, dust and grime from appliances and cleaning systems.
A startup called Griddle Cleaner has raised $1.6 million from investors including Accel Partners, Capital One, and Microsoft, as well as venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
The company says its “Griddle Cleaning Tool” is designed to remove “the dirt, grease and grub” from grills and cookware, which are “particularly vulnerable to moisture loss and microbial growth.”
“In some cases, we can even remove dust, grime and other contaminants,” CEO and founder Nick Turek said in a blog post.
“The best part is that we can easily scale to even smaller griddles and cooktops and even up to large cooktops or kitchens.”
The company’s product, which comes in a variety of different designs, features a small circular griddle that is used to clean the griddle from the outside, while the larger circular grater that comes with the product can be used to remove the dirt and debris from inside the griddles.
The griddle cleans griddles from inside and out, while it also cleans the inside of the grill from inside out.
The technology is not as accurate as some of the newer, more sophisticated griddle cleaners on the shelf, Turez said, but the company is working to improve the efficiency of the cleaning process.
It uses “two very important factors: the amount of heat the grinder produces, and the amount that is inside the cooker,” Tureks said.
“If you get too much heat inside the oven, you can actually destroy the structure of the grilling, which could result in poor performance.”
The technology works by heating the gridders inside and outside, as opposed to the outside griddle.
That heat causes the grittiness inside to break down, which can help the grills maintain an optimal temperature and prevent moisture loss.
It also allows the grimmers to have a surface temperature of 200 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, Tures said, which is higher than the ideal temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit for a traditional griddle cleaner.
“Our goal is to improve efficiency, lower costs and deliver the best product,” he said.
Turek’s company has also built a software platform that allows customers to customize the cleaning tool to their needs.
The first iteration of the product was released earlier this year, and it has already been tested by customers in Canada, and will soon be available to install in other countries, Turerks said in the blog post announcing the new funding.