As the extreme heat of summer begins to fade away, it’s the perfect time for a BBQ.  And the guest of honour at any outdoor BBQ is, of course, the grill itself. So, knowing how to clean a BBQ is key.

When grills have not been used for a few months, they can get a bit rusty and out of order.  So, here are 5 simple steps you should follow to clean a BBQ ready for the cooler winter months:

Bring Together all the Necessary Supplies

Before you start to clean a BBQ, it’s a good idea to assemble all the supplies that you’ll be needing: cleaning gloves, a wire grill brush, warm soapy water, a sponge, stainless steel cleaner, lint-free cloth, a paint scraper and WD-40 Multi Use Product.

Once you have put together all the supplies, it’s time to get your hands dirty.

Wash the Exterior of the Grill

Using a generous amount of warm soapy water, lather up the exterior of your grill. Rinse off the foam and wipe the surface dry. For the stainless steel parts, spray the steel cleaner, then wipe clean with the lint-free cloth.

Get under the Lid

When you start to clean a BBQ, the chances are that when you remove the lid, you’ll find some peeling happening. But no need to worry because it’s not paint, it’s just deposited grease and smoke. It’s not toxic and can be easily removed. Use the wire grill brush to scrape the carbon deposits inside the lid. Then,  wash the inside of the lid with soapy water using the sponge you used to clean the exterior of the grill. Rinse off the soap.

Cleaning the cooking racks:

Remove the racks from the grill. Apply WD-40 Multi-Use Product and allow the fast-acting formula to sit on the racks for 5 minutes.  Wipe off with a clean rag, then wash off all excess remnants of WD-40 with hot, soapy water.

For really stubborn dirt and grime, a wire brush can be used to dislodge debris. However, you should be careful as this can scratch the grill and loosen layers of lacquer, so be gentle.

Get to the Inner Details

Next step is to remove any grease residue or food accumulation around the burner tubes. Use a putty knife or paint scraper to carefully scrape it off.

To clean the bottom tray and the drip tray, first get rid of all the residue on both of them. Then wash it with soap and water. Line the drip tray with aluminium foil to add an additional layer.

To clean the grilling basket, dip it in a pail of soapy water and rub it with a scouring pad then rinse it. The last step is to dry the basket with a lint-free rag and put it back in the grill.

We all love a BBQ, but you must thoroughly maintain your grill to get through the BBQ without any hitches.

Get ready for some happy grilling!