It’s that time of year again – time to deep cleaning your grill before you put it away for the winter. You’ve prepared a lot of great meals this summer, and you look forward to trying more recipes next year. But, before that, why not give yourself a clean slate to work with?
What tools should you use to give your grill a spotless shine? Which parts of the grill need the most attention? Here are a few tips to help you deep clean your grill and prepare it for next year.
Gather the Right Tools & Materials
With the right tools and materials, you’ll have an easier time giving your grill a thorough cleaning. There are some tools that are good to have while others, like flashlights and headlamps, are a necessity. Some of the best EDC flashlights are multipurpose enough for you to use for cleaning your grill, doing maintenance work at home, or using while on a walk outside! Make sure you are equipped with these necessary items below before you begin cleaning.
Necessary Items Needed To Clean Your Grill
- Plastic spray bottle
- Heavy-duty rubber gloves
- Dish soap and water
- Stainless steel wire brush
- Flat-end putty knife
- Light Source
- Garbage can
- Grill cleaning spray
- Disposable shop towels
Clean the Grease Collection Pan & Drip Tray
Grills often have two trays that collect falling food debris: the grease collection pan and the drip tray. First, scrape off the drip tray, then use soap and water to give it a good cleaning. Next, empty the grease collection pan.
It’s important to take your time cleaning this part of the grill to avoid creating a fire hazard. Clean the drip tray and grease collection pan twice, to be safe.
Scrub Off the Inside of the Grill
Remove the grill grates and protective grease guards underneath. Using the stainless steel wire brush, clean the burner tubes perpendicular to the direction they run. You only have to clean the tubes about once a year to ensure propane flows through all the vents and cooks food evenly.
After that, scrub down the inside of your grill with a flat spatula. It should be pretty easy to knock off the collected debris.
Clean the Grill Grates
Place your grill grates over a garbage can to make this step easier and less messy. Next, take the flat-end putty knife and clean the grill grates. Start with the largest bits of debris first before following up with the wire brush to take care of the remaining gunk.
After removing all the remains, use the grill cleaning spray to soak the grates. After letting the product soak for a few minutes, take your shop towels and wipe the grates down.
Degrease the Upper Cookbox
After disconnecting your grill’s gas supply, don your rubber gloves. Use your plastic spray bottle to mix a solution of 20% dish soap and 80% water. Douse your grill’s upper cookbox in the solution and wait a few minutes to let it soak and break down some of the grease. Then, brush away the remaining debris.
Inspect and Clean the Igniters
One at a time, inspect and test your grill’s igniters at the end of the burner tubes. You can use a shop towel and grill cleaner spray to take care of grease and debris stuck on the igniters. If you notice your igniters have trouble catching a spark, it could be time to replace them.
Do your future self a favor and deep clean your grill one last time for the season. That way, you can reconnect everything next year and start grilling without delay.