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Grill Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

How to Clean Your Gas Grill

Hi everyone! In this article we are going to examine an often-overlooked necessity in barbecuing: grill maintenance. It’s important to keep your grill clean and there are a number or reasons for this. First, each meal is different and you may not want to enjoy the flavors of your last meal during your current work of art. Second, as the kids are saying these days, “for sanitary reasons”. Third, it will keep our grill running at peak performance.

Standard Grill Maintenance

Preheat the grill for 15 minutes on high heat. This will loosen any particles left on the grill grates and on the inside of the grill, making less work for you in the long run. After the preheat, be sure to turn off the grill, shut off the gas, and remove the hose.

Next, there are two schools of thought. One says to never use chemicals of any kind when cleaning your grill. The thought process behind this stems from the idea that any chemicals used will not be fully removed and will make their way into your next meal.

The other thought process says, if you use the right products, the chemicals will wash off or be burnt off during your next preheat. Personally, I always err on the side of caution with chemicals, but I will say that thanks to modern day “green” cleaning solutions, you are generally safe using most products that carry that label.

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Once preheated, use a wire grill brush to scrub all the residue off your grill grates. A great tip is to dunk the brush in water before you scrub. This creates steam cleaning that can add extra power to your task. It’s important to make sure that you clean the grates when they are still warm.

Next use a damp cloth and wipe down the grill rates. This needs to be done when the grill has cooled so you don’t risk burning yourself. While the grill is cooled down, place a bucket or oil pan underneath your grill. We are going to use this to catch dirty water runoff as we clean the rest of our machine.

Remove the heat deflectors that sit over the burners. It’s important to clean these deflectors as excess fat and food deposits can cause unwanted flare ups. Additionally, they can stifle the flames if they become consumed with said deposits. We will clean the deflectors with a brush, water, and soap. I prefer a chemical free soap if possible.

Next, we will clean the burners. Remove them with care, and clean them in the same fashion as the heat deflectors using soap, water, a brush, and some elbow grease. Completely rinse the burners. Be sure to dry the deflectors and the burners thoroughly with a towel, or plan on allowing the grill to completely air dry before using again.

Finally, we come to the interior of the grill meaning the bottom and the lid. Leave the bottom valve of the grill open so that the water can drain into the bucket we placed beneath the valve. Soap, water, a brush, and elbow grease are again our main tools. Once you’ve finished, rinse the interior of the grill and allow it to dry. Replace the burners, heat deflectors, and grill grates. Before closing the lid, use a cloth or paper towel to cover the grill with vegetable oil. You can also use a nonstick cooking spray. This practice will reduce the risk of your next meal sticking to the grill grates.


For the exterior, I generally use a brush, soap and water to scrub away any buildup. Rinse and towel dry with either a shammy or soft towel.

Remember to clean your Grill grates before each cook to keep the major cleaning to a minimum.

And that’s all folks! I hope this helped you. Grill maintenance is important to keep your meals as flavorful as possible. Good luck and happy grilling!

By: Joshua Rooks


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