These days everyone is spending more time at home. Between quarantine grilling and the upcoming 4th of July weekend, your gas grill might need a proper cleaning to keep it functioning properly. Doing so will not only extend the lifespan of your grill but it will also help keep it looking brand new. Here is a quick guide to cleaning and maintaining your gas grill.
Cover Your Grill
Keep your grill covered when not in use. Protecting it from the harsh elements to keep it from rusting and wearing down is key.
Storing Your Grill
If your gas grill is stored outdoors, it is safe to keep the propane tank attached. If your gas grill is being stored indoors or an enclosed area, such as a shed or garage, make sure to remove the propane tank and keep it stored outdoors.
Spot Cleaning After Use
Aside from a deep cleaning, you should also spot clean it after each use. Simply brush the grates, and wipe down the exterior with some glass cleaner, and you’re good to go.
Burn Off Excess Gunk
It’s also a good idea to turn the grill up to high for 15 minutes once a week or so to burn off some of the excess gunk. Doing this ensures that grime doesn’t build up too much, which can happen a lot quicker than you would think.
First, set the grill on high heat for 15 minutes to loosen left-over food or grease and ease cleaning. After 15 minutes turn off the temperature knobs and the gas valve of the propane tank.
Using a water and dish soap mixture, scrub the grill grates with a long-handled grill brush. Remove and clean the heat deflectors and burners with the same soap solution. (You may want to follow your instruction manual to learn how to properly remove the deflectors and burners)
Use the dish soap and warm water to clean the grill box and lid to prevent flare ups. Then use a damp cloth to wipe down the grill grates, interior burners, and grill box to remove any residual grime.
After the interior grill parts are clean, use a light cooking oil to prep the grill grates for your next use. Finally, clean the outside of the grill using the soap mixture or glass cleaner.
Before your next BBQ, make sure you have enough propane in your grilling tanks! Extra uses means you need extra tanks. Fortunately, there are a number of Nelson Propane refill and exchange locations to help you, or contact your local Nelson Propane location to schedule a service or refill. Happy grilling ya’ll!