Best way to clean a grill – Is your grill looking a bit grimy? You notice it every time you walk by, but it’s one of those things that we tend to put off as being a huge job that will take hours of hard labor. Not true! Here are some tips to get your grill gleaming within fifteen minutes.
You will need
- Dish soap.
- Paper towels.
- Work gloves.
- A decent grill brush.
- A whisk broom.
- A bucket.
- Stainless-steel wipes.
Best Way to Clean a Grill – Tips & Tricks
- Make sure that all the dials are in the off position before you start. Turn off and disconnect the gas supply; the grill should still be slightly warm.
- Next, put on your gloves and start by removing the grates, as well as the metal plates under them. These should go into a bucket filled with hot soapy water. This is where the dish soap comes in.
- Protect the elements, by loosely covering them with foil. Now you can get scrubbing at the underside of the hood with the grill brush. Don’t be alarmed if it looks like the paint is peeling off; it’s just a build-up of carbon caused by the combination of grease, steam, and smoke. You should be done in about two minutes, bringing the time taken to about four minutes…
- The next two minutes are for scrubbing the inside walls above the elements. You will notice ash and debris coming away as you scrub. Once done, wipe down the walls with a damp paper towel.
- Now remove the drip pan and carefully empty out, by inverting it over your trash can. Drop the pan into the same bucket of soapy water, to soak.
- Next is the messiest part, so work outside: remove the grates and drip pan from the soapy water and give them a good scrub with a grill brush. Place them up against a wall – away from any open doors – and rinse them down with a hose pipe. Leave them there to drip dry.
- Next, you can remove and discard the foil from the elements, and carefully wipe them down. Replace the grates and drip pan – no problem if they’re still a bit wet – and reconnect the propane tank.
- Use your whisk broom to sweep out the grill’s cabinet – if it has one. Clean out any leaves and other debris that may have accumulated.
- Finally, wipe down the grill’s exterior, and the inside of the cabinet, with the stainless-steel wipes. If you have a cast iron or ceramic grill, you can use a cotton cloth, dampened with soapy water.
The entire process should take no more than fifteen minutes and will result in your grill being restored to its former glory. If you follow this procedure fairly regularly, you will avoid a build-up of carbon and the sticky residue left by the combination of grease and rising steam.