Cleaning your grill will get the summer off to the right start. The grime that accumulated last year can cause minor or serious issues with your grill, and keeping it clean will help it last longer. With just a little bit of time and some elbow grease, your grill can be brought back to life.
Time to clean it, inside and out. You’ll need a few supplies to get started:
- Cleaning gloves
- Glass cleaner
- Warm soapy water
- Nylon terry cloth
- Grill brush
- Stainless steel cleaner
- Paper towels
- Scouring pad
- Paint scraper
Start with a cool grill. No sense in starting the summer off with a burn that isn’t from the sun! Wash the outside of the grill with the soapy water and sponge, rinse, and wipe dry. Use stainless steel cleaner on all stainless parts, wipe with the nylon cloth and buff clean.
Next, open the lid and inspect it. If you notice any peeling, know that it is smoke and grease build up – not paint. This build up should be taken care of on a regular basis, not just during these thorough cleanings. Brush the inside of the lid with a grill brush to remove the grease, then wash with soapy water. Remove any remaining residue with the terry cloth. Clean racks and other similar parts with the soapy water and scouring pad, being sure to avoid scratching the surface and rinsing thoroughly.
To clean the grates, simply brush residue off with the grill brush, then wash with the soapy water. Same goes for any other accessories, like baskets, heating racks, heat deflectors, or drip pans. Be sure to properly and carefully dispose of drippings, ashes, or food particles as you clean. If you have a gas grill, you can clean the burner tubes with a grill brush, being careful to clean the ports in an up and down motion. Cleaning lengthwise will only push particles into the next port.
Cleaning the interior follows much of the same process. You can easily remove bigger pockets of grease and food accumulation by gently scraping with a putty knife and wiping clean. If your grill has a removable bottom tray, scrape it out into a trash can and wash with soapy water and gently scrub with steel wool if a deeper clean is necessary.
Take inventory of all grill parts and accessories, making sure to notice of any have extensive wear and tear and need replacing. By starting the grilling season off with a clean grill, you can be happy with the food you serve to your family and ensure a longer life for your grill. Time for a BBQ!