Whether you like it or not, April is the month for spring cleaning. Now I know you’re probably thinking this archaic practice is the pits, but it’s out with the old and in with the new this spring season!
People seem to forget how important it is to clean their grills, and this negligence is one of the main reasons why they wear out. I recommend you brush your grates every time you grill, but here are some other tips to give any type of grill a good old fashioned spring cleaning.
If you have a charcoal grill, you’re in luck because it’s the easiest to clean. With this type of grill, it’s important to clean out the ashes every time you grill and give your grate a long soak in a bucket of soap and water at least once a year. If the exterior paint chips, just go to your local hardware store and they’ll direct you to the right kind of paint to touch it up.
Gas grills are the most labor intensive to clean because you have to take apart each piece before you can get down to business. With a gas grill, before you start, make sure to disconnect the gas. In addition to cleaning the grates, you need to clean the burners below because grease and food gets stuck down there and blocks the flow of gas, creating uneven heat. If you use rocks or ceramic briquettes for grilling, replace them about once a year to ensure the best flavor for your food.
Stainless steel grills start out as some of the best looking grills, but end up as the dirtiest. They show every fingerprint, drop of grease and everything else that comes with cooking your favorite springtime dishes. With a stainless, in addition to cleaning your grates, you need to buy special stainless steel cleaner and keep the grill covered throughout the year.
I encourage you to get outside and clean your grill before your springtime shindig. Trust me, your guests will thank you later. Happy Spring Cleaning!