How To Clean A Grill: Gas Grill, Charcoal & Flat Top Grill

Preparing grilled-food at home or in your own backyard is the happiest task. The indoor-outdoor grills are distinguished according to their use. Some of the grills are used for commercial businesses and some are at home or in small parties, and some are for both together.

While using the grill you need to take care of your indoor grill. Keep your grill in tip-top position throughout the grilling seasons year after year and try below some instructions to clean indoor outdoor grills. The best way to clean a grill without burning your hand is to wait until the surface has cooled enough after use. To clean your grill in a better way use some utensils given below.

Grill Cleaning Equipment:

Different types of grill having different types of cleaning methods. Try them now:

1) How to clean a gas grill

  • Collect your cleaning supplies from the list given above.
  • Turn off the gas supply and detach the gas tank from the grill.
  • Remove the grill grates so you can do a thorough clean.
  • To clean the grill grates scrub them with the help of a grill cleaning brush.
  • For tough grill spots, add dish soap to water or grill cleaner.
  • After the surface has cooled, wipe the grate with a damp cloth to remove residue.
  • After that remove the burners from the gas supply line and then remove blockages at gas ports if any using a wire brush. Clean the ports by moving brush side to side instead of up&down.
  • Clean the burner valve with soapy water and also clean the inside of the grill using a wire brush and soapy water. Dry the burners with a towel and reinstall it.
  • To clean the outside of the grill refer to the instruction manual of that particular grill because certain materials may be sensitive to harsh cleaning agents.
  • If you are using a propane grill, you can store it outside with a propane tank attached.
  • Protect your grill with a grill cover.

2) How to clean a charcoal grill

Among different types of grills, charcoal grill required extra cleaning. The charcoal ash gets collected at the bottom of the grill, so you just need to clean the grill after use.

  • Once the charcoal has cooled, remove bricks and using a brush remove the ash.
  • Take a long-handled stiff wire brush and clean grill grates.
  • Apply vegetable oil on grates to clean with the help of a rag or folded towels.
  • Clean the inside of the lid and grilling bowl with mild dish soap and a steel brush.
  • After that clean the outside of the lid and bowl in soapy water or use grill cleaner. Then dry them with a towel.
  • Protect your grill with a grill cover(Optional but important).

3) How to clean a Pellet grill

The pellet grill required more attention than charcoal and gas grill models while cleaning because pellet grills are made of more electronics and mechanical parts. Before cleaning makes sure that the pellet smoker has been cooled completely.

  • First, remove the grill grates. Take warm, soapy water in a bucket and place that grates in it.
  • Take a handy tool wet-dry vac and clean out the ash and debris from inside of the grill.
  • To clean the drip pan, use a scrub brush or an abrasive sponge.
  • After removing the chimney cap, clean the inside with the help of a scrub brush.
  • Take a damp cloth and wipe down all parts. Reinstall all parts.

4) How to clean a flat top grill

Flat top grill mostly used in commercial businesses. You can make it a great addition to your backyard. Cleaning these grills is easy than other types of grills.

  • Start the cleaning process when the burner is still hot(It is important to clean effectively).
  • Spray a grill cleaner on the flat top and let it sit for 1 minute. If you don’t have grill cleaner then you can use dish soap or homemade baking soda mixture.
  • Take a grill brush to scrub and remove stuck-on food and debris if any.
  • After that take a dry cloth and then wipe down it.

How to clean grill grates

Note that if your grill grates are still looked dirty after regular cleaning, then it’s time for a deep clean. The cleaning process helps to reduce rust buildup and ensure tasty food when you grilling. The grill grates are made from different materials like porcelain, cast iron, stainless steel, and the cleaning process may vary according to what type of grill grates.

1) How to clean cast iron grill grates

First, the grill grates made of cast iron are very durable and allow high temperatures. It also creates an even cooking surface.
To clean cast iron grill grates, burn off any food leftover on grates. After that let the grates cool and then scrub them with the help of a bristle brush. At last dry grates and apply a light coating of vegetable oil on them to prevent rust.

2) How to clean porcelain grill grates

Porcelain grill grates can hold heat well and they are also rust resistent. When cooking with metal tools be careful not to scrape, because it may damage the surface. While cleaning porcelain grates don’t use metal or wire brushes.
First, burn off any food leftover on grates, then wait to grates cool. Then take a soft bristle brush or nylon brush and scrub them.

3) How to clean stainless steel grill grates

The stainless steel grill grates allow intense heat and they are fairly rust-resistant. A quick brush cleans them easily.
While cleaning stainless still rusted grill grates, cover the top of grates with aluminum foil and then heat the grates on high for 10-15 minutes. An aluminum foil sheet is optional, but if you used it then it concentrates the heat on grates to burn off leftover food. Wait to grates cool completely and at last, scrub them with a cleaning brush.

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