It's August, and we hope you're enjoying plenty of fun evenings and BBQ parties this summer. As the season comes to an end and we start preparing for fall and Halloween festivities, now is the perfect time to ensure your grill stays in top shape, ready to shine bright like a diamond for many summers to come. Don't let the rust be a surprise next year! 

We’ll be honest with you: we enjoy cleaning things! Follow our step-by-step guide to keep your grill clean and rust-free, so you can continue making delicious culinary masterpieces at every BBQ gathering.

How to Clean a Gas Grill?

Here are the things you will need for the cleaning:

  • a cleaning brush 
  • some cloths or paper towels 
  • a bristle brush or putty blade
  • dishwasher and water 
  • cleaning supplies 
  • gloves
  1. Turn off the gas supply or disconnect the grill's gas tank.
  2. Remove the grill grates then use a cleaning brush to scrub them.
  3. Remove coverings from the burners like lava stones, ceramic briquettes, or V-shaped metal heat tents.
  4. Softly brush the burner tubes.
  5. Clean the grill's lid bottom: use a brush or wipe to remove debris. Use a bristle brush or putty knife to scrape off any peeling, black grease, or carbon flakes.
  6. Use soap and water to wash the garbage collection tray and replace any disposable pans as necessary.
  7. Use soap and water to clean the grill's exterior and side tables.
  8. Reassemble the grill.

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And here are quick and easy instructions on how to clean a gas grill after cooking.

It is easier to clean a preheated grill but be cautious! With a grill brush and metal scraper, scrub the grates from every angle while they are still hot to remove any traces of food. Wipe the grates with a paper towel dipped in canola oil (crucial to season the grates, prevent sticking, and ward off any rust). Repeat it after use and your grill will stay as good as new!

How to Clean a Pellet Grill?

Cleaning a pellet grill is similar to cleaning any other grill. Regular maintenance makes a quick clean easy and takes only 10 to 15 minutes.

Take the grates and place them in a trash bag large enough to hold them. Then, thoroughly spray them down. Debris will take time to start coming off, so we recommend using dish soap or steel cleaner. Seal the bag with the grills and let it sit in the sun for a while.

Use a scrubber to clean the grime once the grates have soaked. Rinse the grates with clean water.

Use an empty pail, box, or bag to remove the pellets from the hopper, then vacuum dust and pellets out of it. Remove all the ash from the fire pot. Use the scrapper for anything accumulated in the firebox or around the auger.

Use warm soapy water to clean the outside surfaces. Lastly, wipe everything down with dry clean paper towels.

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How to Deep Clean a Grill?

Did you know grease and food leftovers on a dirty BBQ are the main reason flare-ups occur? Aside from the safety hazard, a dirty grilling surface imparts an icky flavor to your meal. Washing your grill before and after each use is great, but how often do you clean your grill from dirt and grease? 

How to clean a barbecue grill using only vinegar and baking soda?

Stick to these tips:

  • Remove the grills and place them in a big plastic bowl.
  • In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar. Leave the mixture on the grills inside the plastic bag overnight or for a few hours.
  • To remove loose grease, rinse the grills first thing in the morning.
  • Scrub everything if needed and rinse with water.

Final Steps

For flawless results, use a stainless steel or a powerful grease-cutting cleaner. It will help get rid of grease and oil stains. Just spray some on, let it sit, then wipe off with a dry towel.

The final step is to gather your family for a fantastic weekend and have delicious hot dogs, burgers, and grilled vegetables.

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