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Clean and Maintain Your Grill

Updated August 6, 2021

Marc M.

By Marc M.

Whether you prefer cooking with charcoal or gas, one thing remains the same — cleaning and maintenance are essential for great grilling.

Steps for Cleaning and Maintenance

To you it may be a grill or a barbeque or even a bbq, but whatever you call it, a wire brush or grill stones, rags or paper towels, cooking oil and some cleaning supplies are all you'll need to make sure it's safe and running great every time you fire it up.

Interior Care

Check the grill interior for damaged and worn parts. Clean the inside regularly. Grease, debris and even insects can keep a grill from working properly.


How to Clean Grill Grates

Clean the grates after each use. General steps for cleaning grill grates are below, but follow your manufacturer's instructions for tools and methods.


Other Gas Grill Components

In addition to maintaining the burners and grate, there are other gas grill components that need attention.


Exterior Care

Grill surfaces are made out of different materials and require different cleaning methods.

  • Porcelain-Coated Steel Lids: They're fragile and can crack or break easily, so they should be treated similar to glass. Clean with a mild dishwashing soap and water. Dry with microfiber rags or paper towels. To polish, use window cleaner.
  • Powder-Coated Steel Lids: Clean with a mild dishwashing soap and water. Dry with microfiber towels or paper towels. Do not use stainless-steel polish on what might be a “stainless look,” as this will damage the finish.
  • Stainless-Steel Lids: Clean with hot soapy water first to remove any grease and grime. For stubborn, baked-on deposits or discoloring, use a sponge and scrub with the grain of the stainless-steel. (Going against the grain will damage the appearance of the grill.) Afterward, rinse with warm water to remove all soap. Then dry with a clean cloth or rag. Once the lid is dry, polish with a stainless-steel cleaner or wipe.
  • Painted Lids: They may be refinished using high-temperature paint. Use sandpaper and a scraper to remove any corrosion and wash the surface thoroughly with soap and water. Once dry, paint the surface according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Additional Grill Maintenance Tips

  • If your grill sits on pavement, place a tarp or a grill mat underneath it to catch debris, grease and food.
  • Give your grill a thorough cleaning at least twice a year. If you grill frequently, a good rule of thumb is every 5 to 10 uses. Not cleaning a dirty grill can shorten its lifespan.
  • Never place a grill in a garage, breezeway, carport or under any flammable surface. Keep your grill at least 10 feet from the house.
  • Always store LP containers upright in a secure position and never store them in your car.
  • Keeps kids and pets away from a hot grill, just as you would a hot stove. 
  • Always light a gas grill with the lid open.

Follow the grill manufacturer's instructions for use, cleaning and maintenance.

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