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August 2, 2021

10 Steps to Clean Your Grill Fast and Easy

Many things make a summer excellent, and having barbecues is one. Grilling is such a fun and easy way to cook your food. Plus, you don’t have many pots and pans to clean afterwards. You don't need to scrub the barbecue after every cooking, and you get to grill while having a nice beer with your friends.

Even if you don’t have to wash the pots and pans, you still need to clean the barbecue from time to time. Burnt food residues and old grease can build up and make your grill less efficient. Cleaning the grilling is tedious work, especially if you have postponed it for a long time. The professionals at Sil All Services Northampton know everything about deep cleaning services. They cover a wide range of such services: move-in/out cleaning, spring cleaning, one-off cleans, end of tenancy cleaning, after party cleaning, after builders cleaning, etc. We are happy to share the secrets behind perfectly cleaning your grill—follow our recommendation, and the process will be fast and effortless!

1.      Gather your cleaning tools and products

When you go to a local hardware store, you will find numerous grill-cleaning tools, products, and gadgets, but nothing is better than a wire bottle brush, long-handled wire brush, a bucket, and some elbow grease.

Stay away from toxic chemicals when cleaning your grill because they can alter the taste of your food. Here’s what you should have for cleaning:

  • Latex gloves
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Grease-cutting dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Metal wire sponge/coarse brush
  • Sponge
  • Cloths
  • Vegetable oil
  • Stainless steel cleaner if your grill has stainless steel exterior surfaces. Clean a grill of this sort on an overcast day because the hot sun will make it challenging to remove streaks. Not to mention that it feels more comfortable to clean in cooler weather.

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2.      Heat and cool the grill

You should begin with heating your grill on maximum setting. Put the lid on for 15 minutes so that the food residues burn out and the cleaning process goes smoother. Turn off the heat and wait for the grill to cool down entirely.

Continue dipping the wire brush into a bucket filled with warm soapy water and scrubbing all the carbon from the grates. Turn off the gas, disconnect and take out the propane tank. Allow the grill to cool completely.

If you have a charcoal grill, you only need to dump the charcoal briquette into a metal container. Use a putty knife to scrape the caked-on charcoal dust and debris.

3.      Soak the grate

Put on your latex gloves and pick the coarse brush/metal wire sponge to scrub off the burnt grease and food residues.

Once your grill is cool, you have to remove flavouring bars and grates and place them into a tub filled with warm soapy water. Let them soak for half an hour. You should also remove all parts that come off quickly: warming racks, burner control knobs, and grease trays. Most burner tubes are easy to remove, and you only need to operate a cotter pin/single screw on one end of every tube. Removing all elements that allow removal eases out the cleaning process.

4.      Use a vacuum

Now that you have removed the flavorizing bars and grill grates, the firebox is exposed for easy cleaning. Place an empty bucket underneath the firebox, right below the grease tray opening, so that you collect the flushed out debris and the soapy water. Scrape off all caked-on gunk from inside the firebox with a plastic putty knife.

Use a wet/dry vacuum, portable or full-size, to collect all loose debris. Once the firebox is clean, use a garden hose to rinse it thoroughly.

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5.      Scrub everything

Make a cleaning solution out of 1 tbsp of dishwashing detergent and hot water. Pour the cleaning product in a deep baking tray or a plastic recipient. You can also use the kitchen sink if the grid fits in it. Remove the grate and place it in soapy water for soaking for half an hour. Use a kitchen sponge to scrub off grease and last remaining food. Use lukewarm water to rinse the grate and let the grates dry.

If there are stubborn stains, you can use a paste made of white vinegar and baking soda. Apply the paste right on the caked-on food bits. Rinse all surfaces, clean and dry the cast-iron grates entirely so that they don’t rust. Examine the porcelain grates for chips because they can cause rusting as well. Use porcelain touch-up paint to repair the chips.

You should also look at the burners and see if there are any signs of corrosion or something else blocking the row of flow-emitting holes. Spiders may lay eggs in the burner tubes if you don’t use the grill for a long time. Use a wire brush to brush across the holes back and forth. Clean the inside of every tube with a wire bottle brush.

6.      Prevent rusting

Once the grilling grid is completely dry, you should dip an old cloth in some vegetable oil and apply a thin layer to it. This way, you protect the metal and reduce the risk of rusting. The vegetable oil also stops the meal you’re grilling next time from sticking to the grate.

7.      Manage the lid as well

Some grease splashes will go on the lid every time you use the grill. Put a few drops of solid dishwashing liquid on a sponge and clean the cover. Use a clean wet cloth to remove the dishwashing liquid.

8.      Clean the grill tray

Most barbecue grills come with drip trays to collect grease from the food and ash if it’s a charcoal model. Ideally, you should clean the grill tray after each use. You should wait until the grill has cooled completely. Remove the tray and empty the grease into a can. Pouring the oil into the sink will clog the drains, so use a can instead. Make suds and pour them into the tray. Let it soak for 20 minutes or so, scrub with a sponge, and rinse in the end.

9.      Don’t forget to clean the burners

You only need to do this step if you have a gas-powered barbecue grill. It's essential to clean the burners every now and then. Remove the bars and the burners’ lids and scrape off grease and burnt food residues. Remove the stuck food chunks with a pin.

For stubborn old grease stains on the grill, use a strong degreasing product. Always rinse thoroughly after using such a product. As long as you clean the barbecue with dishwashing detergent on a regular basis, you won’t have to reach for the strong degreasing product.

10.  Final touches

Use a stainless steel cleaner for the final touch on your stainless steel grill. Don’t use the cleaner to remove the baked-on gunk or heavy buildup, though. Spray on the cleaner, let it work for several minutes and wipe it off with a clean, dry cloth. You can use white vinegar instead of stainless steel cleaner.

Once your grill is impeccable and sparkly, put all the components back into place. Make sure that you place the burner tubes in the correct position with screws or cotter pins. Rub cast-iron grill grates with some vegetable oil.

Re-attach the propane tank, close the hood and fire up your grill, allowing it to heat for 15 minutes. Turn it off afterwards—this way, you burn off cleaning residues. It’s also helpful to make sure you’ve put everything in place correctly.

Do you need professionals?

Sil All Services Northampton takes on any cleaning job and covers a wide range of deep cleaning services: end of tenancy cleaning, spring cleaning, one-off cleans, move-in/out cleaning, after builders cleaning, etc. Call us for further details and to get a free quote for the cleaning service of your choice.

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