With the winter finally behind us, many people are making plans for the warmer months ahead. When nicer weather comes to mind, a lot of us start craving cookouts and the kind of food that you can only get just-right when made on a grill. That being said, it is never too early to prepare your grill for the season! Keep reading to see the proper steps clean and prep your grill.
Start by figuring out if your grill simply needs a good deep clean or if some parts need to be replaced. Extreme rust or bits falling off from the grates will require some disassembly and replacement. If this step is required, always read the owner’s manual and turn off the gas before taking anything apart.
To start the cleaning process, it is helpful to turn the grill on. This heat helps remove the worst layer of grime. Use a heavy duty grill scraper on the warm grates, followed by a wire brush.
Allow the grates to cool, and then leave them to soak in a bucket of hot, soapy water. After an hour or so, finish scrubbing them with a scouring sponge. If there is still stubborn grime, repeat this process once more.
Empty grime from the bottom, and be sure to clean of the burners and the burner protectors as well.
Make sure to clean out the grease traps! These collect the fatty deposits that build up from cooking, and they can be a fire hazard if they are not emptied regularly. The traps themselves can then be washed out with soap and water.
Use soap and warm water to wipe down the exterior of the grill. Follow up with a de-greasing agent, which can also be used on the grates. Wipe the whole thing down with a dry microfiber cloth.
Finish up with a stainless steel cleaner on the external surfaces if you would like, both to shine up the grill and to help protect the surface.
Once your grill is looking new again (or at least nice and clean), make sure you stock up on fuel. You wouldn’t want to run out of gas mid-barbecue! Always have an extra tank in storage. Also, it is highly recommended that if your grill is not in a covered environment, you purchase a quality cover for it. Protecting it from the elements after each use helps to keep it clean and greatly extends its longevity. Try to store the grill indoors during the harsh winter months.
With all these tips in mind, you should be ready to be a grilling machine!
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