Tips For Cleaning Your Grill
With summer almost in the air, there’s no better time to dust off your grill and get it primed for the BBQ season than the present. Summer comes with a lot of excitement. You’d have the opportunity to connect and bond with family and friends and savor the balmy air. The best part of it all is chilling at the yard, enjoying BBQs and homemade burgers.
But it all boils down to the very first step: having a clean grill. Its importance cannot be overemphasized.
After constant use, grills produce carbon deposits that are spread on every surface including the hood, flavoring bars, grates, the firebox interior, and even the burner tubs (if you’re making use of gas grills).
Carbon deposits aren’t just flat-out unappealing to the eyes but stick to the sauces, oils, and grease to generate bacteria that are harmful to your health.
Excess carbon deposits on the grill can cause it to generate uneven heat, lessening its full potential. And for gas grills, these deposits can cause the burners to fail. A clean grill invariably means fewer carbon deposits and less complications and health risks.
As you prepare for summer and backyard cookouts, follow these DIY tips for a clean and safe grill.
Get some grill cleaning equipment.
The first step to clean your grill is to order some grill cleaning tools from an online store or pay a visit to a local mall. Look out for long-wired grill cleaning brush, and scrapers. You’ll also need a pair of long-cuffed rubber gloves. You should make use of natural grill cleaners such as baking soda, white vinegar, coffee cleaner, and even beer.
You should avoid making use of toxic chemicals to clean your grates, as they’re prone to leave deposits on them, which affects the taste of your meals.
Heat the grill.
With your grill cleaning equipment in place, heat your grill. You should close the hood and wait for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the grill to come to full operating temperature and sear every piece of food stuck on the grates.
Turn off the grill and dip your grill cleaning brush into a bucket of soapy water and thoroughly scrub the grates.
Soak the grates.
After scrubbing the grates from every carbon deposit, soak them along with the flavoring bars into a bucket of warm, soapy water. You can disconnect the propane tanks.
You can also take out anything from the grill that can easily be put back. This includes the warming racks, grease trays, or the burner-control knobs.
Vacuum the firebox.
After taking out the grates, the firebox is ready to be cleaned. Place an empty bucket under the grease tray opening to collect the debris and soapy water sprayed on the firebox.
Using a wet or dry vacuum cleaner, you can collect any hanging debris from the firebox. You can use a garden hose to rinse the firebox when you’re done vacuuming.
Scrub the grates again
Take out the grates from the bucket and thoroughly scrub them again. If you notice stubborn gunk, mix white vinegar and baking soda into a paste apply it on the surface.
Proceed to rinse all surfaces clean with a garden hose.
Inspect the burners.
Check your grill burner for signs of rusts or cobwebs (for grills that haven’t been used in a long time). Use a wire brush to brush across the different holes.
Clean the grill exterior
Using clean water with a couple of drops of liquid soap, scrub the exterior of the grill with a kitchen sponge. Use a towel to clean and dry the surface.
You can now reassemble the parts, fixing everything in their original positions.
Heat up the grill again
When you’ve assembled every part of the grill, heat it up for at least 20 minutes. This would burn off every cleaning residue and confirm that everything is functioning properly.
What next? Prepare for summer!
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