The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning a Grill After Use

Cleaning your bbq may be the last thing on your mind after finishing a delicious meal, however cleaning a grill after use is crucial to it’s performance and longevity. Skipping this step can lead to harmful bacteria, invasive pests, and costly repairs. Follow our guide to ensure your grill is getting the proper cleaning after use.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning a Grill After Use

  1. Cool down safely: Allow your grill to cool down, but not completely. It is easier clean the grates while they are still warm, but not too hot to handle.
  2. Brush the grates: Use a grill brush to scrub burnt food particles off of the grates. Avoid using wire brushes as they shed bristles that are easy to miss and can cause severe injury when ingested.
  3. Soak the grates: If your grates are particularly caked on, removing them to soak in a solution of warm water and dish soap. 15-30 minutes will help to loosen any residue.
  4. Scrub and rinse: After soaking, scrub the grates again with the grill brush or scouring pad. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry completely before placing them back on the grill.
  5. Clean the interior: Use a stainless steel sponge on the interior of the grill to remove any build up. Degreaser will make the job easier, but be sure to wipe down any residue with a damp cloth.
  6. Empty the drip pan: Don’t forget to wipe down, or pour out your drip pan! Leaving the grease drippings behind is like leaving a tasty invitation to every pest in the neighborhood. (Despite what others may say, skip the kitty litter. It’s not very helpful and makes more of a mess)
  7. Wipe and cover the exterior: Finally, wipe down the exterior of your grill. We finish every deep cleaning with a stainless steel polish to prevent rust. When you are finished, be sure to cover your grill to protect it from the elements. Nothing will corrode a grill quite like salty sea air, leading to costly repairs.
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Tips for easier grill cleaning

  • Oil or season your grates: Treat your grates as you would your pans to keep your food from sticking. If your grill has cast iron, they can be seasoned. Stainless steel grates also benefit greatly from a bit of cooking oil before use.
  • Use a grill mat: Consider using a grill mat to reduce the amount of cleaning required.
  • Clean regularly: Regular maintenance saves time and money in the long run, simplifying each deep cleaning session.

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