If you're here, it means one thing, you need help cleaning your grill!
Whether you're pulling it out for the first time this season, or you are a year ‘round grill user who just needs to clean it off, we got you covered.
First, let’s start with what you’ll NEED:
- A grill brush - We recommend a non-metal brush
- Mild Liquid Dish soap - DO NOT use cleaners that contain acid, mineral spirits or any abrasive substance.
Not necessary, but available if you'd like:
- Grill cleaning solution
So now that we have the basics down, let's talk about which grill we’re cleaning here.
If you have a charcoal grill, and are an avid user of it, then you already know how important it is to clean out the ash that gathers at the bottom after every use.
- Make sure coals are completely extinguished and the grates are cooled down before cleaning inside of the unit.
- Dispose of any cold ashes by removing the ash pan (if equipped) or by vacuuming the bottom of the firebox. Wipe the interior with a damp cloth or paper towel.
- Prior to storing the grill, lightly coat the interior with vegetable oil, to prevent oxidation and rust.
- To remove the stains on the lid and front panel (caused by fumigation while grilling) use of a cleaning pad is recommended.
- Soak the grates with warm soapy water, remove residue with synthetic grill brush, rinse and pat dry. Use caution when scraping the grates as the coating may be fragile. Grates may be lightly coated with vegetable oil, as well.
For all of you gas grill users, you know that these types of grills do not require cleaning as often as the charcoal grills do; however it is still an important step in order to keep them in their best shape possible.
- The best time to “burn-off” the cooking grates is after every use (approx. 15 minutes). The grill is already hot from cooking, thus requiring less fuel to reach the necessary temperature for “burn-off.”
- Using a grill cleaning device of your choice, clean off the cooking grates. If needed, please allow for your grill to cool down.
- Feel free to apply vegetable oil to the grates after wiping them off to keep them moisturized and less prone to developing rust.
- Wipe out the inside of the grill (after it is cooled down) using some mild liquid dish soap and water to get any debris that may be left outside of the grates.
Some extra tips for any grill owners:
- Grill covers are always great for protecting your grill from the environment or harsh elements.
- Replace your grill brush at least once a year. Use brush only when your barbecue is cool.
- Your grill manual should always be able to tell you how to properly clean the entire outside of the grill, and is a good tool to use to follow.
Here is an excerpt from the Care and Maintenance section of a BBQ Manual:
Care and Maintenance
The best time to “burn-off” the cooking grates is after every use (approx. 15 minutes). The grill is already hot from cooking, thus requiring less fuel to reach the necessary temperature for “burn-off.”
To “burn off” or heat-clean your grill, turn the burners to highest position and run for 15 minutes with the lid closed. Then turn off the burners and use a wire brush to clean excess food residue from the grates.
The porcelain grates have an enamel finish (similar to glass) and should be handled with care to help prevent chipping.
Recommended Cleaning Supplies
Mild liquid dish soap, warm water, nylon cleaning pad, grill brush
DO NOT use cleaners that contain acid, mineral spirits or any abrasive substance.
It is recommended to use only mild dish soap and hot water to clean grill and grill parts.
Rinse with warm water.
Inside Bottom Pan of Grill Body
To avoid flare-ups, clean the bottom pan of the cooking box regularly.
To clean, remove residue using a brush, scraper and/or cleaning pad. Wash with mild dish soap and warm water. Rinse with warm water. Avoid water splashing into venturi tubes of burners.
Clean residue with wire brush and wash with mild dish soap and warm water. Rinse with warm water.
Empty the grease cup and clean with mild dish soap and warm water on a regular basis