With the weather starting to change, Chantilly and Northern Virginia area home owners who are into grilling may be getting ready to jump into the season.
Whether you barbecue for friends or family once annually, or through all 4 Fairfax seasons, it's important to keep a clean gas grill. A well-maintained grill will help your food taste its best -- no matter what you're cooking up.
Cleaning a gas grill is simple and should be performed at least once every 12 months for light use, and once every 6 months for heavy use. You'll need the following tools:
- A drop cloth
- Aluminum foil
- A regular scrub brush plus a wire brush
- An active garden hose
- Dish detergent
- A soft sponge
- A bucket
- Rubber gloves
With these tools in-hand, follow these basic steps.
First, disconnect the propane tank and move the grill onto the drop cloth. Open the grill and remove its grates and the flame guards (the v-shaped metal pieces on top of the burners). Then, disconnect the igniters and remove the burners. Soak the grates in hot water if they're excessively dirty.
Set the pieces aside for cleaning.
Next, clean out any loose debris from the bottom of the grill. Use the detergent to make a soapy mixture and scrub the bottom of the grill, including its grill pans and grease trays. Clean the grates at this time, too.
Gently brush the outside of the burners with the wire brush, then allow running water from the garden hose to flow through the tubes to clean out the insides. If the burners appear to be cracked, replace them according to the grill manufacturer's instructions.
Allow all of the above cleaned pieces to air dry, then reassemble the grill.
Next, clean the outside of the grill using a soapy mixture and a soft sponge, treating early-stage corrosion with some cooking oil applied like car wax. If your grill has a stainless steel exterior, wipe with the grain to minimize streaking. And that's it!
Cleaning a gas grill can be time-consuming, but better tasting food is worth it. Plus, your grill will last longer.
[The Kathy O’Neal Team serves home buyers and sellers in Northern Virginia, with special focus on Chantilly, Centreville, and the communities of the Western Fairfax region.]