It's that time of year when friends and family gather together to celebrate the onset of summer with barbecue lunches and outdoor dinner parties. Without a proper cleaning, buildup and grease on the grill will keep you from attaining amazing flavors and can cause flare-ups and grease fires. Follow these important steps to returning your grill to perfect health:
- Remove and dispose. On a charcoal grill, remove and dispose of any old ashes in a noncombustible bin and remove the cooking grate. If you have a gas grill, first ensure that the propane tank is turned off. Then, unfasten the gas tubes and burners and remove the briquettes and cooking grates.
- Spray and degrease. For charcoal grills, start by spraying both sides of the lid and the fire box with a degreasing product. Zep Commercial Heavy-Duty Foaming Degreaser cuts through grease, dirt and grime and leaves aluminum and steel shining in seconds with just a wipe of a cloth.
- Use a toothpick. On a gas grill, wash the unattached gas tubes and clean out the gas ports on the burner with a toothpick. Then reattach the tubes and burners.
- Use Heavy-Duty Foaming Degreaser on hard to reach areas. For both charcoal and gas grills, grab the removed cooking grates and take advantage of the Heavy-Duty Foaming Degreaser's ability to get into hard to reach areas. Let the foam penetrate grease buildup and then rinse, wipe clean and place the gleaming grates back in their original position.
- Check for corrosion & rust. Pour a generous amount of charcoal into your charcoal grill and check your propane or natural gas reserves to see if your gas grill needs a replacement tank. Corroded or rusted propane tanks should be exchanged for new ones by your local supplier.
With the successful completion of these steps your grill will be barbecuing food like never before. Be sure to repeat this process and Clean Like A Pro™ at the start of every summer grilling season. Is there a ritual you follow for summer grill cleaning?