Most people struggle a lot while cleaning their gas grills after a cold winter and often end up spending a lot of money by hiring a professional to do the job. However, if you aren’t afraid of a little bit of hard work, the following steps are all that you will need to make your grill spotless and polished.
Cleaning the Interior
- Dish powder
- Grill brush
- Clean cloths
- Trash bag
- Turning off the gas source: In order to prevent an explosion, turn off the gas source before cleaning up the interiors of your grill.
- Scrubbing the grates: Take out the grates and keep them aside. Use a bucket full of soap water (1 tablespoon of cleanser for a quart of water) and a grill brush to get rid of the grease and grime from each side of the grill.
- Metal plate covers: Remove the metal plate covers over the burners and rinse them using a sponge dipped in soap water.
- Cleaning the burners: Use a toothpick to remove the dirt from the clogged holes of the burners. If your burners are disposable, take them out and wipe them clean. If not, gently wipe them off using a clean damp cloth.
- Cleansing the drip pan: If you don’t have a disposable drip pan, it is necessary that you get rid of all the greasy residues by pushing it forward into a trash bag using the help of a spatula. However, if you have a disposable drip pan in your grill, remove it and get rid of all the remains. Scrub it off with a sponge soaked in soapy water and wipe it clean with a wet cloth.
- Bottom of the burners: Using a sponge soaked in soap water and clean up the residues underneath the burners. Once cleaned, wipe off the whole area with a damp cloth.
- Scraping off the lid: Take a scraper and scrape off the grease or dirt from the bottom of the lid. Rinse the whole area with a soft sponge (to prevent corrosion) immersed in soap water to get rid of the remaining dirt. Lastly, wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
- Placing back the parts: After wiping off all the surfaces once again with a damp cloth, put the parts back to its place just the way you took them out.
- Turning on the gas source: Once you have put everything back to its place, turn on the gas and light up the grill. Put the lid on and wait for about 15 minutes. Doing this will dry up any remaining water on the grill.
Cleaning the Exterior
- Dish powder
- Aluminium foil
- Water Hose
- Turning off the gas valve: As mentioned before, it is very important that you turn off the gas knob tightly before setting off to work.
- Covering the drip pan: If your grill has a disposable drip pan, keep it aside and cover the pan holder with an aluminum foil to prevent any soap water from going inside while cleaning the surfaces.
- Cleaning the surfaces: Using an old piece of cloth, clean the surfaces thoroughly especially around the knobs with soap water to remove any deposits that may have hoarded. Do the same for the burners and side panels.
- Rinsing: Use a hose to gently spray on the exteriors with water to get rid of all the lather.
- Stainless surfaces: With the help of a glass cleaner or a stainless steel cleaner wipe off the surfaces to keep it sleek and polished.
It is necessary to oil the grates properly after washing the grill to prevent the food from sticking on it. Nevertheless, try to brush off the grease and food lumps from the grill after every use to avert the hard work of giving it a vigorous cleaning every year.