Backyard living is becoming more and more popular. If you have an outdoor gas grill, you should know that after each use, you need to clean the grill the right way. This will help keep your grill from deteriorating and will allow you to use it immediately the next time you feel the urge to grill. Cleaning an outdoor gas grill follows a number of steps that will ensure you get a good and thorough clean and you protect your grill from damage as well. Cleaning it will also help you grill the best barbecue.
To help you out, here are the steps you need to follow for proper outdoor gas grill cleaning and maintenance:
Turn off the gas before cleaning an outdoor gas grill
Before you do anything, make sure that gas on your grill is off. Normally you would shut off gas valve after cooking. If you want to ensure your safety, disconnect the gas from your grill. No one wants any injuries while they are maintaining a grill.
Prepare your gas grill cleaning solution
There is no special cleaning agent for you to use when cleaning your outdoor gas grill. All you need is a bucket of warm water and some dishwashing liquid, preferably one that removes grease. Mix half a cup of this liquid in with the water and stir.
Remove the grates from your grill and start cleaning these
Scrub the grills of your barbecue after removing them from your grill with the use of the soapy solution and a grill brush. Dip the brush in the soapy water and brush away the grease and grime on the grates by following the direction of the grates. Don’t forget to scrub the sides of the grates as well.
Remove the metal plates from the grill and clean
Be careful when you remove these plates since they may still be hot. Clean these with the same soapy solution but instead of a brush, use a scouring sponge. Wipe these down with paper towels or rinse in warm water and allow to dry.
Remove any grease from the burners
The holes in the burners can get clogged with grease drippings from the food you cook. When cleaning your gas BBQ grill, wipe the burner pipes down with the same sponge and soapy solution that you use for the metal plates. Just make sure to squeeze out any excess liquid before starting your wipe down. With a toothpick carefully poke the holes of the burners to remove any grease there.
Remove the grease trap and clean
Next, you need to remove the grease trap underneath your grill and to wash it with the same soapy solution. If there is a thick layer of grease in the pan, scrape this off with a metal spatula before washing.
Wipe down the rest of your outdoor gas BBQ grill – Using the same soapy sponge and paper towels, wipe down and dry the rest of the parts of your grill. This includes the area underneath the burners, the grill cover, and the grill body. Wipe these down after you have removed all the dirt and grime from it.
Once your gas BBQ grill is clean and all the parts are dried, you can then reassemble your grill. Just be careful to properly line up all the parts the way they should be lined up before connecting the gas to your grill. Keep the gas turned off until the next time you will be using it. If you have a gas grill cover, use this over your grill when not in use to protect the exterior from the elements.
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