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Nothing beats hearing the sizzle of food as it hits the grill - and taking down the tasty meal after its done cooking.
The one thing that can damper the grilling experience is the clean up process. After each use of the grill, a little bit of a mess forms - and it can get out of hand over time if it's not addressed.
The last thing you want to see when opening a grill is all of the grease stains from the previous time you used it.
Eventually, this buildup of grease and food will start to hinder performance and ultimately affect the food you are cooking.
The good news is, all of this can be avoided with some simple cleaning after each cook, and an occasional deep clean.
In this guide, we are going to walk you through the steps to cleaning your gas grill for regular upkeep and also for deep cleans.
Gas grills can have quite a long lifespan - it's conceivable for your grill to perform well for decades.
That being said, the key to ensuring that your gas grills lasts as long as possible is to maintain it properly.
Part of proper maintenance for a gas grill is to check for gas leaks regularly, cover the grill when it is not being used, and clean it.
It might not seem that important, but cleaning your gas grill is vital and here is why. A dirty grill increases the risk of stressing out components and causing defects.
A buildup of grease can also be a huge fire hazard.
Not only is it important to clean your gas grill to increase its lifespan, but it is for safety.
How often you should clean your grill depends on how often you use it.
If you want to avoid any buildup of grease then we would recommend cleaning your gas grill after each use.
This means that you wouldn’t have to do an intense deep cleaning to remove lots of grease.
However, if you are using your gas grill every day, then you might not have much time to wait for it to cool and clean it after every use.
In that case we would recommend giving your gas grill a deep clean at least once every couple of weeks.
It is recommended that a deep clean of your gas grill should be done every couple of months at a minimum.
Of course, you might need to do it sooner or later depending on how often you use the grill.
Now we know the importance of cleaning your grill and how often you should clean the grill, we can look at how to clean a gas grill.
When it comes to cleaning your gas grill, there are a few ways you can complete this task.
We are going to look at the everyday way to clean your grill, the quick clean way, and the deep clean way.
As mentioned before, to prevent you from having to do an intense deep clean of your grill, it is best to clean it after each use.
The best way to clean your grill after each use is to make sure you have some scrubbing brushes handy. It is also important to have wipes available.
Before your grill has cooled down completely, you can start using the brushes to scrub any grease or food particles that are stuck to your grill.
It should be fairly easy to remove while the grill is still warm.
Once cooled, you can also use the wipes to go over any areas where the grease is easy to remove.
To make cleaning your gas grill easier for you, there is the option to buy cleaning sprays made for grills.
With most cleaning sprays, you need to spray it on the grill and let it rest for a moment. Make sure to use the wipes to scrub the grates clean.
If you haven’t got any of the correct cleaning products in your home and you need to quickly clean your gas grill, then this is the method for you.
Household products such as white vinegar are great for lifting stubborn dirt from grills. All you have to do is mix a cup of white vinegar with some warm water.
Once you have mixed the two together, you can spray it on the gas grill and let it sit for around 10 minutes.
This allows the mixture to loosen any stubborn grease.
After 10 minutes have passed, you can start to wipe away the grease with a cloth.
If you have a scrub brush, then you can use this against dirt that is tough to remove.
This method does not deep clean your gas grill, but it does get rid of grease effectively.
If you have allowed your gas grill to become quite dirty, or it has been a couple months since you did a thorough cleaning of your grill, then it is time to give it a deep clean.
The first thing you need to do when deep cleaning your gas grill is to make sure the gas is off.
This is a safety precaution, so that no accidents occur when you are cleaning.
Since this is a deep clean, you need to remove the grates on your grill.
This allows you to clean them properly but also gives you access to other areas on the grill, such as the metal covers that are usually underneath the grates.
The metal covers are usually removable, so take these out as well.
The metal covers are what catches and drips from the food you are cooking so they need to be cleaned.
Once you have removed the metal covers, you might notice lots of debris and dirt.
It is best to remove all of this dirt before you start cleaning it properly.
The easiest way to remove this debris would be by using a vacuum cleaner to pick up any loose burnt food pieces.
After you have removed all of the loose dirt it is time to focus on the grates and metal covers.
Soak the metal covers and grates in some warm soapy water. You should let them sit for at least 30 minutes.
Grills that have a lot of dirt might need to sit in the warm soapy water overnight.
When you are happy with how long the grates and metal covers have been soaking, remove them from the water.
Hopefully, the water and soap mixture has softened and loosened any dirt. Wipe away the dirt on the metal covers and grates with a damp cloth.
If there are any areas that are still tough to remove then you need to scrub them with a scrub brush. This should remove any grease.
Make sure to clean the rest of the grill, such as the inside of the cover.
Remember to remove the grease tray and wipe away the grease.
The grease tray may also need to be soaked if the grease is not easy to remove.
Then once you have cleaned all of the components of your gas grill, you can add them onto the grill again.
You can also connect the gas line back to your grill.
Cleaning your gas grill is an important part of maintaining your gas grill.
Following these simple steps will have your grill cleaned in no time at all.
These methods require work but they are effective at removing grease from your gas grill.