How To Clean Your Gas Grill

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Real Estate Agent with The Kathy O'Neal Team - RE/MAX Premier

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.

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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:

  1. A drop cloth
  2. Aluminum foil
  3. A regular scrub brush plus a wire brush
  4. An active garden hose
  5. Dish detergent
  6. A soft sponge
  7. A bucket
  8. 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.

If you are looking for use that new grill in your next home please know that we are here to help you with your home search and/or home sale.  Let us know how we can help!

[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.]

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Rainmaker
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Victoria Lorusso
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a fast way to clean the grates is take tin foil and layer over them on high heat close lid and wait 5 minutes  Your grates will easily be scraped now  

Apr 08, 2011 05:01 AM #1
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Bryan Robertson
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This is incredibly timely, thanks!  I need to clean my grill and I haven't had time to look up the proper way to do so.  Thanks for spelling it out!

Apr 08, 2011 05:22 AM #2
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Kathy O'Neal
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Victoria,

Thanks for adding that tip...sounds like a great time saver.

 

Apr 08, 2011 08:35 AM #3
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Kathy O'Neal
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A great experience & a happy end result.

Bryan,

Glad it was helpful..thanks for the comment!

Apr 08, 2011 08:36 AM #4
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Chris Pendleton
Tierra Antigua - Marana, AZ

Cool article -Thank you for the info.  The only other thing I like to do is inspect the propane hose for cracks and leaks (especially if they already have soapy water).  I also advise to keep the gas off when not in use.....seen way too many times fire and explosions happen unnecessarily :)

Apr 08, 2011 08:49 AM #5
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
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Kathy! That's great info, I never knew to do that! I guess we don't grill enough...

Apr 08, 2011 08:52 AM #6
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Kathy O'Neal
The Kathy O'Neal Team - RE/MAX Premier - Chantilly, VA
A great experience & a happy end result.

Chris  - Thanks for comment ..and for the safety insight.

Peg - Thank you for the comment!

Apr 10, 2011 08:42 AM #7
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David Miller
WCT Real Estate Company - New York, NY

Thank you, Kathy, for your great helpful tips about cleaning the gas grill. I clean my grill every alternating 15 days. I learned many more about cleaning the gas grill from here. Every grill owner should clean a minimum of 1 times every month.

Jul 02, 2019 11:25 PM #8
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Kathy O'Neal
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Thanks for your comment David, and the other reference as well.

Best to you!

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