Maintaining Your Gas Grill - Great Lakes Ace Hardware Store

Cleaning Your Gas Grill

Whether you’re a novice griller or a BBQ pit master, keeping your grill clean is an important part of creating a good meal. Maintaining your gas grill after each use cuts down on the time to make your grill shine, but even if you haven’t cleaned your grill all season, a little effort will get it cooking like new again.

Recommended Materials:

  • Wire Grill Brush
  • Soapy Water
  • Scrubbin Sponge/Scouring Pad
  • Toothpick
  • Bucket
  • Trash Bag

Step 1: Turn off the gas supply to the grill.

    • Locate the gas supply valve on the propane tank for LP grills and where the grill connects to the house for LNG supplied grills.
    • Turn the knob or lever clockwise to shut off the gas supply running into the grill.
    • Remember "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey" to close and open valves.

Step 2: Remove the grates and scrub with a wire brush and soapy water.
Grill brushes can be purchased from your local supermarket that have wire bristles, an acrylic scrubber, and a metal scraper. Invest in a grill brush for easy cleaning.

    • Fill a bucket with soapy water made from teaspoon of liquid dish soap for every quart of water.
    • Dip the wire brush in the water and scrub away any grimy build up present on the grates.
    • Be sure to clean both sides of the grates.

Step 3: Remove any metal plates or coverings over the burners and scrub clean.
The plates protect the burners and help to disperse the heat to allow for even cooking.

    • Clean the burner protectors by scrubbing with sponge or scouring pad dipped in soapy water.

Step 4: Gently wipe any grime off the burners.
Check the holes in the burners for clogs and use a toothpick to dislodge any objects that may be blocking the flow of gas. In some grill models the burners are easy to remove for cleaning; if yours do not come out easily, you can wipe them clean while they are in place.


Step 5: Scrape any charred drippings from the bottom of the grill surface.
If your grill has a removable bottom pan, you can take it out to scrape all the debris away. If the bottom pan is secured in place use a metal spatula or grill scraper to push any burnt scraps through the grease hole and catch them in a trash bag.


Step 6: Clean the bottom of the grill with a soapy sponge.
Once all the chunks are gone, scrub the bottom with a sponge or scouring pad and soapy water to remove any built up grease or grime. Lots of drippings and food scraps tend to build up under the burners of the grill. Pay close attention to this area and clean it as much as possible to avoid corrosion.


Step 7: Check the sides and underside of the lid for flaking paint or caked on food.
Use the grill scraper to gently clean any flecks off the underside of the lid and wipe it clean with a soapy sponge. Be careful not to scratch the metal or scrape any undamaged paint off the lid as this may lead to rusting or corrosion.


Step 8: Replace burner covers and grill grates.
Reassemble your grill by putting everything back in the reverse order you removed it.

    • Burner covers and grill grates usually rest in place.
    • Look for groves or ledges to place these items back in the proper location.

Step 9: Turn on the gas and fire up the grill.
Turn the grill on high and close the lid for 15 minutes to burn off any remaining soap or cleaners you used on the interior surfaces of the grill.

Step 10: Turn off the burners and oil the grates.

Oiling the grates will help to prevent your food from sticking to the surface.

    • Dip a paper towel in canola oil.
    • Use tongs to rub the oily towel over the surface of the hot grates.

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