A staple of summertime is grilling out with the unmistakable savory smell of juicy hamburgers searing on a hot grate. But after the food has been served up and chowed down, you’re left with a crusty looking mess thinking to yourself, “how often should you clean your grill?”. We’re here to let you know how often you should be giving those grates a scrub and show you the best method for short and long term cleaning of your gas grill.
So when should you clean your gas grill?
You should perform a simple cleaning of your grill after each use. This does not mean just taking your brush and giving it the old one-two swipe. Following these simple steps for how to clean your gas grill will make it last longer and prevent food from sticking and burning.
Step 1: Gather your supplies, put on gloves and disconnect the gas from the grill. Some tools you will want to grab before starting to clean are a clean grill brush or other cleaning brush, gloves, cleaning rags or paper towels, a bristle brush or putty knife plus soap and water.
Step 2: Remove the grates and any metal coverings over the burners.
Step 3: Soak grates and metal coverings in soapy water for 15 minutes.
Step 4: Vacuum or wipe up all burnt pieces or debris left in grill.
Step 5: Scrub grates, metal coverings and ceramic briquettes with grill brush.
Step 6: Dry all pieces and put them back in their place.
Step 7: Turn on the grill and make sure everything is properly positioned and in working order.
If it’s been a hot minute since you’ve shown your grill some love, a thorough cleaning might be in order. A deep clean of your gas grill should be done every 6 months or so.
A deep clean of your gas grill is essentially the same process as a simple clean with longer soaking time and stronger cleaning products.
Step 1: Gather your supplies, put on gloves and disconnect the gas from the grill. This time in addition to grabbing dish soap, you will want to add baking soda and vinegar to your list of supplies.
Step 2: Mix 20% dish soap with 80% water and spray on the inside hood of the grill, wait a few minutes and scrub away with wire brush or steel wool.
Step 3: Remove the grates and place them in a covered area (tarp, plastic tub, empty garbage can).
Step 4: Mix 3 parts baking soda to one part water then cover grates, grill and hood with the baking soda paste. Avoid getting the baking soda mixture in the burners when you clean your gas grill.
Step 5: Spray the covered areas with vinegar and wait 30 minutes.
Step 6: Wipe away the solution with a dish rag or towel (choose a rag you won’t mind getting dirty).
Step 7: Reassemble the grill, hook up the gas, and make sure the grill functions properly.