Summertime has finally arrived! That means it’s time to get off the couch and enjoy being outside!
When it comes to spending time with family and friends on the patio or in the backyard, there’s really nothing better than firing up the gas grill
. After all, the smell of burgers and steaks sizzling is what makes life worth living.
But once everyone has eaten, it’s time to clean up. This article takes a look at how to clean a gas grill so that it will stay clean and functional for as long as possible. Keep reading to get the inside scoop on making your grill shine like the day you bought it.
Gather Your Cleaning Supplies
First of all, you’re going to need to gather a few cleaning supplies before getting started.
This will include gloves, a grill brush, cleaning rags, paper towels, and a putty knife or a bristle brush. You’ll also need some soap and water.
Many people make the mistake of either not cleaning their grill
at all or simply wiping it down with a damp rag. But this won’t get it adequately clean or keep it sanitary enough for proper food preparation.
Just keep these items under the kitchen sink so you’ll be ready to go every time you use your grill.
Turn Off the Gas
It’s extremely important to make sure that the gas supply to your grill
is shut off before cleaning. You can simply turn in off at the tank or detach your grill from the tank altogether.
This will help prevent possible leakage or exposure to fumes while you work. It’s also a good idea to wipe off any grease or meat drippings from the tank during the cleaning process.
Remove the Grates
Next, remove the grill grates from the grill. Place them on the ground or any level surface where you can clean them.
Make sure to place them on a surface that is safe to get wet because you’ll be scrubbing them, then using soap and water. You can even take them inside to clean them at the kitchen sink.
Clean the Grates
Cleaning the grill grates is a straightforward process. Start with the grill brush
, and clean away as much of the material on the grates as possible. Because this is the part of the grill that actually touches the food, it’s important to clean the surface as thoroughly as possible.
Once you’ve scraped the grates clean, go ahead and complete this step in the process by rinsing the grates with soap and water, then set them aside to dry.
Clean the Burner Tubes
The burner tubs are located beneath the grates. These are the parts of the grill that feed gas to the cooking surface. The gas escapes from a series of tiny holes, ignite into flame, and then apply heat to your food.
When the burner tubes get dirty, they won’t allow proper gas flow. This reduces the heat inside your grill.
It’s crucial to keep your burner tubes clean. Each tube is typically held in place by a single screw. Once the screw is removed, the tube can be removed. Brush away any debris from the out surface, and then use something long and bristly to clean out the inside.
When each tube is clean, it can be put back in place.
Clean the Burner Covers
The burner tubs of metal covers that keep grease and other debris from falling directly on the tubes. These burner covers typically become very dirty willing cooking on the grill.
The burner covers generally fit neatly inside the grill without any form of attachment. Thus you won’t need to worry about removing screws in order to remove the covers.
Simply remove the burner covers, brush and wash as needed, and then place them back inside the grill over the burner tubes.
Clean the Grease Tray
It should come as no surprise that the grease collection tray can fill up rather quickly. If left unattended, it will eventually overflow and you’ll soon discover an unpleasant greasy mess at the bottom of your grill.
Remove the collection tray and clean it with soap and water. If your grease collection tray is disposable, toss it in the trash and replace it with a new one.
Clean the Bottom and the Lid
Once you’ve successfully washed all the individual parts of the grill, it’s time to thoroughly clean the bottom and the lid.
The lid should be unaffected by the mess of cooking, so it can simply be wiped off with a wet rag.
The bottom of the grill shouldn’t be too much of a mess either, so a wet rag my work. But it will usually require a bit of clean up, so be prepared to use a putty knife and some scrubbing to clean up any grease that might have dripped or splattered.
Put the Grill Back Together
Now that everything is clean, it’s time to make sure each part is in its proper place. Check the burner tubes, the burner covers, and grill grates to ensure that nothing is missing.
Once you’ve verified that the grill is properly reassembled, you can close the lid, reattach the tank, and put on the protective cover to shield it from the weather
A Complete Guide to How to Clean a Gas Grill
Summer is the time for cookouts with family and friends. Fortunately, this guide to how to clean a gas grill will help keep your grill looking good as new for years to come.
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