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How to Clean the Outside of a Gas Grill
How to Clean the Inside of a Gas Grill
How to Clean a Gas Grill Burner
How to Clean Stainless Steel Grill Components
How to Clean Aluminum Grill Components
How to Clean Grill Grates
How to Clean and Prepare Grill Grates on a New Grill
How to Clean Burner Gas Supply Tubes
How to Clean the Outside of a Gas Grill top↑
Cleaning the outside of a grill is pretty simple, but you should take some precautions to make sure you don’t damage the surface. Make sure not to use abrasive cleaners on any painted, porcelain, or stainless steel parts. Porcelain enamel components must be handled with additional care to avoid damage. The baked on enamel finish is like glass and will chip like glass if struck (you can buy touch-up enamel if any damage occurs). Using a grill cleaner, spray the entire exterior of your grill and wipe it down using a rag or paper towels. Repeat if necessary. When finished, rinse with warm water to wash away residual dirt and cleaner.
1) Do not use abrasive cleaners on any painted, porcelain, or stainless steel parts
2) Spray entire exterior of grill with grill cleaner
3) Wipe grill down using a rag or paper towels
4) Rinse grill with warm water to wash away residual dirt and cleaner
5) Repeat if necessary
6) Your grill's exterior will last longer if you have a good cover. Be sure your grill cover is designed by your grill's manufacturer to ensure the best fit.


How to Clean the Inside of a Gas Grill top↑
Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for the inside of a grill to get dirty; if you don’t want the grease and grime to get out of control, you need to clean your grill properly and relatively often. The first step is to remove the cooking grates. Then use a soft brass wire brush to remove any loose debris from the casting sides and the inside of the lid. Scrape sear plates with a putty knife or scraper and use a wire brush to remove residual ash. Finally, remove the sear plates and brush any debris off of the burners with the wire brush. As you are cleaning, brush all debris from inside the grill into the drip pan. It is important to keep the drip pan clean because accumulated grease can be a dangerous fire hazard. The drip pan should be scraped out with a putty knife or scraper, emptying all debris into the disposable grease tray. Replace your drip pan every 2-4 weeks, depending on gas grill usage. Also, do not line the drip pan with aluminum foil as this can prevent proper grease flow.
1) Remove grilling grates
2) Use a soft brass wire brush to remove any loose debris from the casting sides and inside of the lid
3) Remove sear plates
4) Scrape sear plates with a putty knife or scraper
5) Use a wire brush to remove residual ash and brush all debris off of the burners
6) Get all the debris from the inside of the grill into the drip pan
7) Scrape drip pan out with a putty knife or scraper and empty all debris into disposable grease tray
8) Replace drip pan every 2-4 weeks


How to Clean a Gas Grill Burner top↑
The flame from your grill burner should always appear blue at the bottom. If the flame coming from your grill burners is red or orange, you may want to consider cleaning or replacing your burners. Also, check the burner holes for dirt and debris; this may lead to slower cooking times and can also be a serious safety hazard. NOTE: There are a lots of grills out there, and not all disassembly processes are the same. These are some basic guidelines to accessing the burners of your grill.

To get to the burners, begin by disassembling some of the parts on the grill. First and foremost, make sure the gas is turned off and the lines have been purged of all remaining fuel. Next, remove the grill grates and any lava rocks from the grill to reveal the grill burner. Chances are, your grill will have some type of covering over the burner that you will also have to remove. Note that you can also take this opportunity to clean the grill grates and lava rocks if so inclined. Next, you’ll have to use a cleaning solution to break down and loosen the grease and grime on your burners. You can either acquire a commercially available cleaning solution or mix your own using household items. Obviously, a commercial product will probably work better than anything you can mix up in your kitchen, but either will suffice for a basic cleaning job. To create a cleaning solution, mix:

- 1 cup white distilled vinegar
- 1 gallon hot water
- 1 teaspoon of dish detergent (preferably one that cleans grease)

From here, you can spray this on the burner and burner cover. If the burner cover is really dirty, you may want to soak it in a bucket of solution for an extended period of time. To clean the burner, use a scrub brush and remove all built-up debris and grease. Most importantly, make sure the burner holes are free of build-up. If you haven’t cleaned your grill burners in a while (or if you never have), additional time may need to be spent to get everything the way you want it. Soaking the parts, re-cleaning, and using a stronger degreaser may help. Remember, the more often you do this, the less difficult it will be each time!
1) Disconnect gas supply
2) Purge internal grill gas lines

   For Natural Gas: Turn off gas supply and open all valves for 3)minutes
   For Propane Gas: Disconnect propane tank and open all valves for 3)minutes
3) Remove grill grates and lava rocks to reveal grill burner
4) Remove burner cover
5) Spray cleaning solution on burner and burner cover (soak if needed)

   Simple household cleaning solution formula:
     - 1 cup white distilled vinegar
     - 1 gallon hot water
     - 1 teaspoon of dish detergent (preferably one that cuts grease)
6) Use a scrub brush to remove all build-up, debris, and grease
7) Make sure burner holes are clean and obstruction-free
8) Wipe everything dry and re-assemble as necessary


How to Clean the Stainless Steel Components of a Grill top↑
Stainless steel is a very useful material for grill construction and your grill may be built with it or may contain many stainless steel components. Used for aesthetic appeal, corrosion resistance, and increased durability, the stainless steel parts of your grill may be the most important components and must be taken care of properly. Stainless steel reacts with oxygen in order to successfully prevent corrosion, so dirt, or anything else for that matter, will interfere with the anti-corrosive properties. Cleaning routinely can help avoid this problem and keep the metal healthy and doing its job. To clean build-up, including dirt, dust, ash, etc., a solution of warm water and gentle detergent will generally do the trick. Coat area with the solution, let it soak for 1-2 minutes, and wipe away with a soft rag or paper towel. Rinse with warm water to remove any remaining dirt or soap, and dry with a soft towel or paper towel. If dirt or build-up still remains, try removing it using a mild non-scratching abrasive powder, warm water, and a bristle brush/sponge/clean cloth. Again, let the solution soak for 1-2 minutes then scrub off using a cleaning tool. Afterwards, rinse with warm water. To avoid water spots, wipe completely with dry towels. A best practice for stainless steel grills is to protect it from the elements with a professional grill cover. Be sure the cover is designed by the grill manufacturer to ensure the best fit.
1) Acquire a stainless steel cleaner or create a solution of warm water and gentle detergent
2) Coat the area with the solution and let it soak for 1)2)minutes
3) Wipe away with a soft rag or paper towels
4) Rinse with warm water to remove any remaining dirt or soap
5) Dry with a soft towel or paper towel to avoid water spots
6) When not in use, protect grill with a grill cover.

For fingerprints and stains:
These are the most common surface contaminants. While no fingerprint or stain should reduce corrosion resistance, they can make your grill look dirty and unkempt. Fortunately, they are easy to remove with simple cleaning methods. For fingerprints or minor stains, use glass cleaner and a rag/paper towel. For more stubborn stains, gently rub the area with a mixture of soda ash and water, applied with a soft rag. Again, follow this procedure with a warm water rinse. If you still can’t remove the stain, see the Specialty Steel Industry of North America website for more tips.
1) Spray area with glass cleaner
2) Wipe with clean cloth or paper towel
3) If stain remains, use a soft rag to rub area with a mixture of soda ash and water
4) Rinse with warm water
5) Dry with a soft towel or paper towel
6) If stain remains, visit the SSINA website for more help
7) Regular use of a grill cover will minimize finger prints.


How to Clean Your Grill’s Aluminum Components top↑
Cleaning cast aluminum grill components is extremely easy! Simply mix some soap (detergent or car washing soap) with water and wipe down the aluminum. Then, rinse with warm water and wipe dry.
1) Mix detergent or car washing soap with warm water
2) Wipe down aluminum with a rag or paper towels
3) Rinse with warm water and wipe dry to avoid water spots


How to Clean Grill Grates top↑
As soon as you remove your food from the grill, turn the flame on low and brush the grids with a grill brush for about 10 seconds, or until all major solids have come loose. If you have porcelain coated grids, make sure that you only use a brass bristle brush. NEVER scrape porcelain coated grids with the scraper that is usually attached to most brushes, as this may cause damage. After you have scraped off the grids, turn off the burners. After the grill has cooled down, liberally spray the grids with vegetable oil to loosen any remaining foods that are stuck. Small particles will be loosened by the oil, drip below the grids, and be incinerated the next time the grill is pre-heated.

Many people like to leave their grill on for 5-10 minutes after cooking to burn off remaining food, like a self-cleaning oven. While this can be an effective strategy, it has its disadvantages. You use more fuel (especially if you forget to turn off the grill for a while), decrease the life of the grill, and create a serious fire hazard by leaving the grill unattended. If you feel you must burn off your grill, once a month won’t really hurt anything. However, religiously brushing the grids for 10 seconds after cooking and keeping the grill well oiled is all anyone should have to do to keep their grill clean and maintained. Tips for cleaner cooking:

- Don’t apply tomato based sauces until just a few minutes before food is removed
- Marinade and baste food with vinegar, citrus, or soy-based mixtures to make clean-up easier
1) As soon as food is removed from grill, turn flame to low
2) Brush grilling grates with a grill brush for about 10 seconds, or until all major solids have come loose
3) Turn off all burners and let grill cool off
4) After grill has cooled, spray a liberal amount of vegetable oil on grill grates


How to Clean and Prepare Grilling Grates on a New Grill top↑
When you buy a new grill, you need to burn off the protective oils that are applied by the manufacturer. To do this, run the grill on high for about 30 minutes. After the grill cools, coat the grids with vegetable oil spray and run it again, on high, for about 30-45 minutes. This allows the oil to draw into the grids and prevents food from sticking.
1) Run Grill on high for about 30 minutes
2) After grill is cool, spray grilling grates with vegetable oil
3) Again, run grill on high for 30-45 minutes


How to Clean Burner Gas Supply Tubes top↑

If you notice that it is getting difficult to light your grill or that the flame isn’t what it used to be, take some time to check out the gas supply tubes. In some areas of the country, spiders or small insects have been known to cause "flashback" problems. The spiders spin webs, build nests, and lay eggs in the grill's gas supply (or venturi) tube(s), obstructing the flow of gas to the burner. The backed-up gas can ignite in the venturi behind the control panel. This is known as a flashback, and it can damage your grill and even cause personal injury. Follow these steps to avoid this happening to you.
1) Shut off all gas valves
2) Disconnect gas supply from the grill
3) Disconnect the burner from the control panel and tilt it down, so that you can access the gas supply tube
4) Run a long handled pipe cleaning brush back and forth in the gas supply tube as pictured
5) Reconnect gas supply to the grill