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A Simple Guide to Cleaning Your BBQ at the End of the Summer

A Simple Guide to Cleaning Your BBQ at the End of the Summer
September 27, 2021

Even if you are a grilling die hard who continues to BBQ in below freezing temperatures, as the summer winds down, your grill is most likely in need of a good cleaning. Of course, a real BBQ hero takes care of their grill, but for the rest of us schleppers, the whole scrubbing it clean after every use becomes too tedious to do all summer long.

How to clean your BBQ at the end of the summer?

Fall is the perfect time of year to show your BBQ some extra attention and give it a deep clean. Here we offer our Toronto cleaning pro tips on how to clean your BBQ inside and out.

Disconnect the Tank

If you have a propane tank with your BBQ it should be removed for the winter. Be sure all of the dials are completely turned off so you can safely remove the tank. A good tip is to check your propane tank to see if it is almost empty.

Run your hand along the tank from top to bottom to see where it starts to feel cold. The cold areas indicate the level of the propane. If it is empty, get it filled now so it’s ready to go when the first warm weather arrives and you want to grill some steaks or burgers. Not only will you be all set, but you’ll also avoid line-ups at the propane tank place. Also, remember never to bring your propane tank indoors as it is a fire hazard.

Tackle the Grates

Grates are a real pain to keep clean but it’s a necessary evil. Wear work gloves and remove the grills and grates, as well as any other moveable parts. Get a bucket and fill it with warm water and a good grease-cutting dish detergent. Any parts that will fit in the bucket can soak for about 10 minutes to loosen up the grunge. You can then clean the parts with a dish scrub brush or brillo pad to remove the mess.

Use your garden hose to rinse away the soap and debris. Then make sure you dry them completely to avoid rusting. Place them back on the BBQ. A good tip is to use a crumpled ball of aluminum foil as a scrubber. It allows you to get in between the grates and have more control over where you scrub.

Scrub the Interior

The lid and walls of your BBQ’s interior tend to get spattered with grease and debris so will need a good scrubbing. Before you begin though, be sure to lay down some aluminum foil to protect the heating elements. Use a metal-bristle grill brush to scrub away the gunk and don’t forget the inside of the lid.

The Big Wipe

Wipe all the interior surfaces down with some warm, soapy dishwater and a clean cloth. Give it a good dry with a clean microfibre cloth. Don’t forget to remove the foil and fold it carefully to make sure all of the debris stays inside. Stand back and admire your work!

Clean the Exterior

Use clean, warm soapy water to tackle the outside of the BBQ. It can get greasy but also get dirty if you tend to forget to put the cover on after use. Watch for spots like dripped barbecue sauce as this can attract pests.

Clear Out Cabinets

You might have a little collection of your secret herbs and spices stored in the cabinet of your BBQ. Be sure to check the cabinets for any food items and bring them inside to avoid attracting pests.

Why clean your BBQ?

If this sounds like way too much work, consider this: if you leave all that greasy food residue on your grill, it can help contain moisture. Moisture loves metal and will eat away at your BBQ, leading to rust and damage.

A good cleaning reduces the risk of corrosion, so you get more years of use from your grill. Also, food debris can attract pests looking for a place to stay for the winter. You don’t want to create a squirrel or mouse hotel. Last but not least, it’s just common sense to keep the grill where you cook food clean to avoid foodborne illnesses.

To learn more about cleaning your BBQ or inside your home, call Maid4Condo at 647-822-0601 or contact us here.

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