What Is The Best Way To Clean My Outdoor Grill?

There is no doubt that a major element of Living Poolside is our love of cooking and eating outdoors.  Here are a few tips from the Master Pools Guild for keeping gas & charcoal grills in great working order!

Cleaning a Stainless Steel Grill – Easy Does It!

The key to properly cleaning a stainless steel grill is being gentle. Mix a mild dishwashing detergent with water and scrub the surface.  If needed, you can allow the mixture to sit a few minutes before you scrub it off.  Afterwards, rinse with warm water and dry with a clean cloth. There are numerous brands of Stainless Steel Grill cleaner but glass cleaner works great to remove fingerprints or minor stains.   When cleaning stainless steel, soft cloth or paper towels should be used – NO wool pads as they will harm the stainless steel surface.

Routine Maintenance for all grill types:

Grates: Routine brushing of the grates will prevent food and bacterial buildup.  Follow each cooking session with a good grate brushing using a brass wire brush.  Once the grates have been cleaned wash and soak your brush in hot soapy water. Hang to dry with the brush upside down on a grill hanger. Drying the brush naturally will help the bristles last. After your brush is dry, storing it indoors will reduce weather exposure to the bristles and extend the life of your brush.

After you’ve brushed down your grill grates and they are at a cool temperature, spray them with some cooking oil. This will help prevent rusting and ensures a long life. If you don’t have cooking spray, another option is to pour some cooking oil on a clean cloth and wipe down the grates.

Burners:  Cleaning burners is also important as burners accumulate grease and food which can lead to uneven cooking temperatures.

Grease Traps: Grease is highly flammable.  It can cause a fire or heat up all of the grill’s surfaces including the handles so make sure to cleaning out grease traps frequently.

Charcoal Ash: For charcoal grills, dump all used charcoal or ash after each use and clean the insides with a wire brush. Ash catchers should be cleaned after each use. Keeping the bed of your grill clean will reduce excess smoke and bad flavors.

Semi-Annual Maintenance

It’s smart to dismantle your grill and give it an extensive cleaning at least twice during the year. If you have a gas grill, disconnect the propane tank before you start the process. Then, soak the grates in soapy water and scrub (using steel wool if necessary). After cleaning your grill, turn it on and let it cook for 10 minutes. This allows burn off of any cleaning substances.

It’s also a good idea to check the grill chassis for any rust. Rust will come off with a stiff wire brush or a steel wool pad. Inspect all joints, connectors and fasteners to ensure there is no corrosion.  Check or re-tighten fasteners, replacing any grill appendages as necessary (wheels, knobs and handles) and double check cover hinges.

Polishing Your Charcoal Grill

Baking soda on a sponge can be used to polish your grill and to clean exterior surfaces. If you notice any missing paint, grill-safe paint is your best option for sprucing up the appearance.

For all grills and outdoor appliances:  Always follow all manufacturers’ suggestions/instructions first & foremost!

So fire up those grills and enjoy your time Living Poolside !

Source: MPG Waves of Wellness