It’s been a fine summer for grilling in Western New York, and we hope you’ve been enjoying it. Along with grilling comes grill cleaning, which should be done once in a while. If you haven’t cleaned your grill yet this season, we recommend that you do so soon. After your grill is clean, give it a check to ensure that you don’t have a gas leak. Use the steps we’ve provided below!
9 Steps for Cleaning Your Grill
Wipe off your grill with a warm, soapy sponge. Be sure to get the full exterior.
Dry the grill off with a rag.
With glass cleaner and a terry cloth, scrub any grease or other stains from the grill’s exterior.
Remove the flavorizer bars and grates from the inside, and clean off any caked-on grease.
Using a grill brush, and following the grain on your grill to prevent scratching, clean the grills and bars. (Each season, pick up a new stainless steel grill brush.)
Skip the paper towels and wipe down your grill with a terry cloth.
Make a solution that is one part water, one part vinegar to help you get any problematic debris off your grill.
Take a look at the holes in your burner tubes, checking for small pests or spiders. Clean them with your brush, going in the opposite direction from how the holes run. (They might go from side to side, and they might run top to bottom.)
Put the grates and flavorizer bars back on your grill. Remove any leftover debris by running the grill on high.
How To Check for Gas Leaks in Your Grill
After your grill is clean, take a few minutes to check for gas leaks.
Use the soapy water from cleaning the grill to wipe down the hoses, valves and regulators. If you see bubbles, there’s a leak.
Next, turn on your grill. Do any additional bubbles form?
If new bubbles formed when you turned on the grill, try tightening the hoses. If you’re still seeing bubbles, then it could be time for a new propane tank or for replacement hoses.