Grill Maintenance and Safety
Tips for Proper Grill Maintenance and Safety
Grilling is a time-honored tradition and a favorite way to cook food in Providence, RI, during warmer months. Grill cleaning is a necessary step any time you cook outdoors. Fire safety experts recommend following the steps below to ensure that you clean your grill thoroughly, and thus lower your chances of starting a grease fire the next time you use it.
- Gather Your Supplies
For proper grill maintenance, you need the right cleaning supplies. A grill brush does most of the cleaning, while work gloves, foil, paper towels, stainless steel wipes and a broom provide backup. You also need a bucket filled with warm water and dish soap.
- Prepare the Grill
Before you begin your grill cleaning, detach the grill’s metal plates and put them in the bucket of soapy water. Empty the drip pan and put it in the bucket as well. If you have a propane grill, cover the heating elements with foil to protect them.
- Clean the Grill
Use the grill brush to scrub the inside of the grill. Particles that flake off can be wiped up with a damp paper towel. After the inside is clean, remove the foil from the heating elements.
- Clean the Attachments
One at a time, remove the plates and the drip pan from the bucket. Scrub them thoroughly with the grill brush and hose them off with a garden hose. Dry the attachments completely before returning them to where they belong.
- Wipe the Exterior
Cleaning the exterior is part of good grill maintenance too. Wipe down all external parts with a damp paper towel until you can see no traces of grease.
Learning how to maintain your grill is just as important as learning how to make a great steak on it. With a good grill cleaning technique, you don’t have to worry about your next cookout turning into a grease fire.