When purchasing abarbeque grill, think of it as an investment that can last several years rather than just another item for your outdoor entertainment. You should expect this item to become a large part of your outdoor activities for many years to come. Like most investments, proper maintenance and care is needed to ensure that your grill will operate for many years to come. While some maintenance and cleaning is specific to the type of barbeque grill your own (gas, electric, charcoal or smoke barbecue grill), the majority of maintenance that should be carried on does not change from grill to grill.
Step 1- Gathering The Necessary Items
You will need some common household items on hand when it comes time to clean your barbeque grill.
- Wire grill brush
- Steel wool pads, preferably that contains soap already.
- Mild dish soap
- Sponge or dishcloth
- Spray cooking oil
- Dry baking soda
- ShopVac or Vacuum cleaner
- Face mask
- Trash can
Step 2- Brushing Your Grill Off
The first thing that should always be done to your grill is a routine brushing. Empy and replace any ash or grease catchers. Using a wire brush (or other brush suitable to your type of grill), clean all internal surfaces starting at the top and working down. Take your time and wear gloves to protect your hands and a mask to protect your lungs from particles. Ash and grease catcher may fill multiple times during this process. When complete, use a shopvac or vacuum cleaner to gather large debris.
For gas grill, try to make sure that the burners are free from any kind of material preventing to release of gas. Do not puncture or damange any of the propane tubes during cleaning and make sure that all gas lines are free flowing with no kinks. This is also a good time to remove your propane tank, clean it, and refill.
Step 3- Spray Cooking Oil
Once you are sure that your grill is free of all buildup and debris, and that your grill is completely cooled off, you will want to spray it down with a light layer of cooking oil. Spraying it down with cooking oil will prevent your grill from rusting. It is especially important to make sure your barbeque grill is completely cold, as spraying cooking oil on a hot surface may cause the oil to heat up and ignite, which could be potentially dangerous to you and your barbeque grill. You can also use high heat paint to touch up any exterior areas. Be sure to check the label before using paint on the interior of the grill
Step 4- Use Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil on Your Grill
Baking soda is a very nice cleaning and polishing agent. Once you have removed any extra debris and buildup, lightly scrubbing your grill with baking soda will give it that extra shine, similar to the day that you brought it home from the store. This can also be used on handles and knobs to remove any extra buildup that cannot be taken off with a wire brush.
Bonus Step 5- Deep Clean Your Racks
The racks in your grill are especially important as this is where the food touches when it is cooking. You will have to use the wire brush to remove as much buildup as possible. Once you remove as much as possible, start washing the racks with dish soap. If the racks are really dirty, you may also want to use the steel wool pads. Be sure to completely rinse off all soap and residue before cooking on these racks again. You can also use oven cleaner and your kitchen oven to clean grill racks too
Bonus Step 6- Preventing Problems
The majority of problems that arise from barbeque grills comes from lack of cleaning and maintenance. That means if you notice something does not seem quite right with your barbeque grill, chances are it can be fixed with just a simple cleaning. Even if you clean it, and still find that it is having problems, at least you saved yourself the potential embarrassment of taking it to a professional only to find out all it needed was to be cleaned.
Finally, one method of preventing problems with your grill is protecting it from the elements such as wind, rain, and snow. My best advice is to move your grill indoors during cold weather. However, high quality and long lasting covers are available for grills in all shapes and sizes, so chances are, you will find one that fits your grill. If you have a cover for your barbeque grill, then all you will ever need to do is do the regular maintenance listed above.