Cleaning a gas grill can be a pain in the neck. Literally, you’ll find yourself slaving away at it for hours, and the grease won’t even move an inch! But it doesn’t have to be that way! With this guide, you can clean your grill with the minimum amount of effort required. Let’s get started.
How To Clean A Gas Grill
- Start by heating up your grill on high heat for 15 minutes. This will help to loosen any burnt-on food residue. This is an important step because if you don’t do this, the cleaning process will be much more difficult.
- While the grill is heating up, mix together a solution of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle. You can even add a smokey degreaser into the mix to make things even easier.
- Once the grill is hot, turn off the heat and begin spraying down the grates with the vinegar solution. What this does is cut through the grease and grime that has built up on the grates over time. That means that you’ll have to spend a lot less time scrubbing, which might just seem like an endless cycle.
- Let the grates soak for 5-10 minutes, then scrub them with a brush to remove any remaining residue. The brush is important because it will help to remove any tough, caked-on bits that the vinegar spray might have missed. We recommend doing this even if you think you’ve missed nothing because there are always little surfaces that get missed, and if you get to them too late, you’ll have to start the process all over again.
- Once the grates are clean, it’s time to move on to the rest of the grill. Begin by taking out the burner covers and giving them a good scrub. This will help to remove any dirt or debris that might have accumulated over time. While this might seem like an extra step, it’s actually important because it will help to keep your grill in good working condition. Skipping any parts of the cleaning process can lead to problems down the line.
- After the burner covers are clean, move on to the rest of the grill. Take a look at the control knobs and the igniter button to see if there’s any dirt or grease build-up. If there is, use a Q-Tip or toothpick to clean it out. It’s important to be as thorough as possible when cleaning the igniter button because if there’s any dirt or debris in there, it could prevent the grill from igniting. That can get pretty frustrating and dangerous when you’re trying to cook.
- The next step is to clean out the drip tray. This is where all of the grease and fat from your food drips down, so it’s bound to get pretty grimy over time. To clean it, simply remove it from the grill and scrub it with some soapy water. If it’s really dirty, you might need to soak it in the sink for a bit before scrubbing.
- Turn on the grill again and heat it up for another 10 minutes to remove any moisture that may have been left behind. If you skip this step, your grill could rust, and you’ll have to replace it a lot sooner.
- Once the grill is cooled down, you’re finished! All that’s left to do is put on some food and enjoy your clean grill.
With all of these steps, you’ll have your grill looking brand new in no time! Just remember to be thorough and take your time while cleaning, and you’ll be rewarded with a clean grill that works like new.
Things NOT To Do When Cleaning Your Gas Grill
Now that we have gone over what you are supposed to do to clean your grill, let’s go over some of the main things you absolutely should not do while you’re going through the cleaning process.
Do not use a metal brush on your grill grates
Using a metal Brush may see like a good idea because it will help to scrub off any tough residue, but it will also scratch the surface of the grates. Over time, this can lead to rusting and other problems. Instead, stick to using a nylon or plastic brush.
Avoid using harsh chemicals on your grill
It includes things like oven cleaner and bleach. These chemicals can be very damaging to the surface of your grill and even pose a health hazard. If you want to use a chemical cleaner, stick to using mild dish soap or a special smokey degreaser at most. “Heavy-duty” cleaners lead to degradation, and they’re usually not recommended.
Do not use a power washer to clean your grill
This might seem like a quick and easy way to get the job done, but it can actually do more harm than good. The high-pressure stream of water can damage the surface of your grill and cause rusting or other problems. If you want to use a power washer, make sure you’re using it on the lowest setting and that you’re holding it at least a foot away from the surface of the grill.
Leaving your grill outdoors in the elements may not be a good idea
The elements can cause rusting and other problems, so it’s best to store your grill in a covered area when you’re not using it. This includes things like rain, snow, and wind.
Also, Letting your grill sit with dirty burner covers may cause a problem. This can lead to corrosion and other problems. Make sure you’re taking the time to clean the burner covers every time you use the grill.
The Bottom Line
Cleaning a gas grill doesn’t have to be a chore! With this simple guide, you can have your grill looking good as new in no time at all. You now know everything you’re supposed to do, and all the little things you should absolutely avoid when you’re cleaning your grill. Follow along with our tips, fire up that grill and enjoy your next cookout worry-free!